How They Grieved in the Bible

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(Taken from the New King James Version)

Genesis 23:1-2 (Abraham grieved Sarah)

Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years: these were the years of the life of Sarah. So Sarah died in Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.

Genesis 37:34-35 (Jacob grieved Joseph)

Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

Genesis 50:1-4 (Joseph grieved Jacob)

Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him.

And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those who are embalmed;  and the Egyptians mourned for him for seventy days.

Now when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake to the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,…

Genesis 50:10  (Joseph grieved Jacob)

And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they mourned there with a great and very sore lamentation. He observed seven days of mourning for his father.

Numbers 20:28-29 (Israel grieved Aaron)

Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain.

Now when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel mourned for Aaron thirty days.

Deuteronomy 34:7-8 (Israel grieved Moses)

Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eye were not dim, nor his natural vigor diminished.

And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended.

2 Samuel 13:30-31 (David grieved his sons)

And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that news came to David, saying, “Absalom has killed all the king’s sons, and and not one of them is left!”

So the king arose, and tore his garments, and lay on the ground, and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.

2 Samuel 12:18-23 (David grieved his firstborn son)

Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”

When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead.  Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, He is dead.

So David arose from the ground, washed, and anointed himself, and changed his clothes, and he went into the house of the Lord and worshipped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate.

Then his servants said to him, What is this that thou have done? You fasted and wept for the child, while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.

And he said, While the child was alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?

But now he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

2 Samuel 18:33 & 19:4  (David grieved Absalom)

Then the king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. And as he went, he said thus: O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom-if only I had died in your place! O Absalom, my son, my son!

But the king covered his face, and the king cried out with a loud voice, O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!

Job 1:19-22  (Job grieved his children)

And suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness, and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell you.

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground, and worshipped,

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there: the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

In all this Job did not sin, nor charge God with wrong.

John 11:31-35  (Grief over Lazarus)

The Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary, rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, She is going to the tomb to weep there.

Then when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Hm, she fell down at His feet, saying unto him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

And said, Where have ye laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see.

Jesus wept.

“He is despised and rejected by men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”

(Isaiah 53:3-4)