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Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth


WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH

The Bible frequently uses the phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth”. Wicked persons gnash their teeth against the righteous to express their hatred or anger as they did at the trial of Stephen (Acts 7:54). Psalm 37:12 states: “The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them.” Jesus used this as part of the last judgement. The grinding of teeth, along with wailing, expresses the great and lasting anguish at the loss of everlasting life in heaven. It also would be their expression of disagreement in seeing others, like the Gentiles and former sinners, enjoying eternal reward with the ancestors. “And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out” (Lk 13:28).


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