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Cry, Crying

The “cry” may or may not be uttered; it may express the anguish of the soul under dire and prolonged stress or burden and the lifting of perpetual petition in search of fulfillment, deliverance, or the answer to the riddles of life. Thus Hebrews 5:7: “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears.” At times the idea of prayer was uppermost, as in the cry of Jesus from the cross (Matt 27:46; Luke 23:46). The two terms, “pray” and “cry” are used interchangeably in Psalm 39:12: “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry.”


HDCG, Vol. I, 399; ISBE, Vol. II, 764. Arndt; BDB.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

(zaaq, tsa`aq (and forms), qara’, shawa`, rinnah; boao, krazo, phoneo):