What does the Bible say about tears

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do
not be silent at my tears” (Psalms 39:12).

“Put my tears into your bottle” (Psalms 56:8).

“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).

“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive” (Jeremiah 13:17; 9:1).

“Jesus wept” (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Matthew 23:37).

“And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17; 21:4).

As shown above and in other verses, the Bible has much to say about tears. Jeremiah speaks of shedding tears in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentation, and is referred to as “the weeping prophet.” We are told of a woman who washed Jesus feet with tears (Luke 7:37-50).

Recently I read a very interesting article from Creation Moments entitled, “In the Blink of an Eye.” So many things in our world show the wonders of God’s creation. Even our bodies as stated in Psalm 139:14, “For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Every time you blink, you bathe the surface of your eye with an amazing fluid called tears. Tears are made up of water, oils, electrolytes, and sticky carbohydrates. Tears also contain antibacterial and antiviral substances.

Tear fluid that has bacteria or virus in it has a 95 percent chance of being dead in 10 minutes. Blinking of the eye keeps the surface properly moisturized, as our vision remains clear. Without this, our eyes would become red and painful, and, if untreated, would probably cause blindness. Tear fluid also provides needed oxygen to the surface of the eye.

Perhaps the most amazing property of tears is that humans are the only creatures that cry emotional tears. Tears help us cope with emotional situations, but some people are unable to cry tears and they cannot deal well with stress.

Tears are a blessing in many ways, but we are thankful that God will wipe away all sorrowful tears in heaven.

-Douglas M. Williams, Sr.