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“Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.”


and weep!

The 8th command is to “weep.” “Weep” means to wail, to bewail. The emphasis on this word is upon noise. Weeping is the outward expression of sorrow.

Ac 20:37-38, “Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, 38 sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship.”


Outward weeping is a sign of inner grief.


Weeping is an external sign of inner grief. There may be times when we cry aloud because of our sin.

Mt 26:74-75, “Then he began to curse and swear,  saying, ‘I do not know the Man!’ Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So he went out and wept bitterly.”