'Cry' in the Bible
I will go down now, and see whether they have acted [as vilely and wickedly] as the outcry which has come to Me [indicates]; and if not, I will know.”
When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with a great and extremely bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”
Now it happened after a long time [about forty years] that the king of Egypt died. And the children of Israel (Jacob) groaned and sighed because of the bondage, and they cried out. And their cry for help because of their bondage ascended to God.
The Lord said, “I have in fact seen the affliction (suffering, desolation) of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters (oppressors); for I know their pain and suffering.
Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me; and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.
But the number of bricks which they were making before, you shall [still] require of them; you are not to reduce it in the least. For they are idle and lazy; that is why they cry, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’
There shall be a great cry [of heartache and sorrow] throughout the land of Egypt, such as has never been before and such as shall never be again.
Pharaoh got up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry [of heartache and sorrow] in Egypt, for there was no house where there was not someone dead.
The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea].
If you harm or oppress them in any way, and they cry at all to Me [for help], I will most certainly hear their cry;
But Moses said,“It is not the sound of the cry of victory,Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat;But I hear the sound of singing.”
“As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered (disheveled), and he shall cover his mustache and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’
All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry, for they said, “The earth may swallow us also.”
Beware that there is no wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release (remission, pardon), is approaching,’ and your eye is hostile (unsympathetic) toward your poor brother, and you give him nothing [since he would not have to repay you]; for he may cry out to the Lord against you, and it will become a sin for you.
then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and stone them to death—the young woman because she did not cry out for help [though she was] in the city, and the man because he has violated his neighbor’s [promised] wife. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
You shall give him his wages on the day that he earns them before the sun sets—for he is poor and is counting on it—so that he does not cry out to the Lord against you, and it becomes a sin for you.
Go, cry out to the gods you have chosen; let them rescue you in your time of distress.”
Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you cry and why do you not eat? Why are you so sad and discontent? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
The men who had not died were stricken with tumors and the cry of the city [for help] went up to heaven.
And the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, so that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”
Then you will cry out on that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you on that day [because you have rejected Him as King].”
“About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him as leader over My people Israel; and he will save My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have looked upon [the distress of] My people, because their cry [for help] has come to Me.”
So David got up early in the morning, left the flock with a keeper, picked up the provisions and went just as Jesse had directed him. And he came to the encampment as the army was going out in battle formation shouting the battle cry.
For were not all of my father’s household (family) nothing but dead men before my lord the king; yet you set your servant among those who ate at your own table. So what right do I still have to cry out anymore to the king [for help]?”
“In my distress I called upon the Lord;I cried out to my God,And from His temple [in the heavens] He heard my voice;My cry for help came into His ears.
Yet graciously consider the prayer of Your servant and his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the [loud] cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You today;
At noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied, or he is out [at the moment], or he is on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened!”
Then about sundown a resounding cry passed throughout the army, saying, “Every man to his city and every man to his own country!”
Yet have regard for the prayer of Your servant and for his supplication, O Lord my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You,
‘If evil comes on us, or the sword of judgment, or plague, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your Name and Your Presence is in this house) and we will cry out to You in our distress, and You will hear and save us.’
Now there was a great outcry of the [poorer] people and their wives against their Jewish brothers [to whom they were deeply in debt].
Then I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words [of accusation].
“You saw our fathers’ affliction in Egypt,And You heard their cry by the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds).
Now when Mordecai learned of everything that had been done, he tore his clothes [in mourning], and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the center of the city and cried out loudly and bitterly.
“O earth, do not cover my blood,And let there be no [resting] place for my cry [where it will cease being heard].
“Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not heard;I shout for help, but there is no justice.
“I cry to You for help, [Lord,] but You do not answer me;I stand up, but You [only] gaze [indifferently] at me.
“However, does not one falling in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand?Or in his disaster [will he not] therefore cry out for help?
“I go about mourning without comfort [my skin blackened by disease, not by the heat of the sun];I stand up in the assembly and cry out for help.
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him,And He heard the cry of the afflicted.
“Because of the multitudes of oppressions the people cry out;They cry for help because of the [violent] arm of the mighty.
“The people cry out, but He does not answerBecause of the pride of evil men.
“Surely God will not listen to an empty cry [which lacks trust],Nor will the Almighty regard it.
“But the godless in heart store up anger [at the divine discipline];They do not cry [to Him] for help when He binds them [with cords of affliction].
“Will your wealth [be sufficient to] keep you from [the confinement of] distress,Or will all the force of your strength do it?
“Who provides prey for the ravenWhen its young cry to GodAnd wander about without food?
With my voice I was crying to the Lord,And He answered me from His holy mountain. Selah.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,For to You I pray.
For He who avenges blood [unjustly shed] remembers them (His people);He does not forget the cry of the afflicted and abused.
Hear the just (righteous) cause, O Lord; listen to my loud [piercing] cry;Listen to my prayer, that comes from guileless lips.
In my distress [when I seemed surrounded] I called upon the LordAnd cried to my God for help;He heard my voice from His temple,And my cry for help came before Him, into His very ears.
O my God, I call out by day, but You do not answer;And by night, but I find no rest nor quiet.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;Be gracious and compassionate to me and answer me.
To you I call, O Lord,My rock, do not be deaf to me,For if You are silent to me,I will become like those who go down to the pit (grave).
Hear the voice of my supplication (specific requests, humble entreaties) as I cry to You for help,As I lift up my hands and heart toward Your innermost sanctuary (Holy of Holies).
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity]And His ears are open to their cry.
When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hearsAnd rescues them from all their distress and troubles.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and listen to my cry;Do not be silent at my tears;For I am Your temporary guest,A sojourner like all my fathers.
I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord;And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call;This I know, that God is for me.
I will cry to God Most High,Who accomplishes all things on my behalf [for He completes my purpose in His plan].
Hear my cry, O God;Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
In the midst of Your meeting place Your enemies have roared [with their battle cry];They have set up their own emblems for signs [of victory].
My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud;My voice rises to God, and He will hear me.
My soul (my life, my inner self) longs for and greatly desires the courts of the Lord;My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
Be gracious and merciful to me, O Lord,For to You I cry out all the day long.
Hear, O Lord, my prayer;And listen attentively to the voice of my supplications (specific requests)!
Let my prayer come before You and enter into Your presence;Incline Your ear to my cry!
But I have cried out to You, O Lord, for help;And in the morning my prayer will come to You.
“He will cry to Me, ‘You are my Father,My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
Hear my prayer, O Lord,And let my cry for help come to You!
Nevertheless He looked [sympathetically] at their distressWhen He heard their cry;
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,And He saved them from their distresses.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,And He brought them out of their distresses.
My eyes anticipate the night watches and I awake before the call of the watchman,That I may meditate on Your word.
Tav.Let my [mournful] cry come before You, O Lord;Give me understanding [the ability to learn and a teachable heart] according to Your word [of promise].
Lord, I call upon You; hurry to me.Listen to my voice when I call to You.
I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord;I make supplication with my voice to the Lord.
“Give attention to my cry,For I am brought very low;Rescue me from my persecutors,For they are stronger than I.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear and worship Him [with awe-inspired reverence and obedience];He also will hear their cry and will save them.
He gives to the beast its food,And to the young ravens that for which they cry.
Yes, if you cry out for insight,And lift up your voice for understanding;
Does not wisdom call,And understanding lift up her voice?
She has sent out her maidens, she callsFrom the highest places of the city:
Whoever shuts his ears at the cry of the poorWill cry out himself and not be answered.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house (nation) of IsraelAnd the men of Judah are His delightful planting [which He loves].So He looked for justice, but in fact, [He saw] bloodshed and lawlessness;[He looked] for righteousness, but in fact, [He heard] a cry of distress and oppression.
“Be broken [in pieces], O peoples, and be shattered!Listen, all you [our enemies from the] far countries.Prepare yourselves [for war], and be shattered;Prepare yourselves [for war], and be shattered.
Cry aloud with your voice [in consternation], O Daughter of Gallim!Pay attention, Laishah! Answer her, Anathoth!
Rejoice and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Hyenas will howl in their castles,And jackals in their luxurious palaces.Babylon’s time has nearly come,And her days will not be prolonged.
“Howl, O gate; cry, O city!Melt away, O Philistia, all of you;For smoke comes out of the north,And there is no straggler in his ranks and no one stands detached [in Hezekiah’s battalions].
Heshbon and Elealeh [cities claimed by Moab] cry out;Their voice is heard as far as Jahaz.Therefore the armed men of Moab cry out;Moab’s soul trembles within him.
My heart cries out for Moab;His fugitives are [fleeing] as far as Zoar and Eglath-shelishiyah.For they go up the ascent of Luhith weeping;For on the road to Horonaim they raise a cry of distress over their destruction.
For the cry of distress has echoed around the territory of Moab;The wailing goes as far as Eglaim and the mournful cry to Beer-elim.
Therefore I (Isaiah) will weep bitterly for Jazer, for the vines of Sibmah.I will drench you with my tears, O Heshbon and Elealeh;For the war-cry [of the enemy] has fallen on your summer fruits and your harvest.
It will become a sign and a witness to the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the Lord because of oppressors, and He will send them a Savior, a [Great] Defender, and He will rescue them.
They [who have escaped and remain] raise their voices, they shout for joy;They rejoice from the [Mediterranean] Sea in the majesty of the Lord.
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