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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Tears in a Bottle?

on January 7, 2015
My women’s discipleship group is currently reading Crowned with Love and Mercy:  Finding Your Worth and Identity in Jesus Christ.  I will have to write a review when we are done, but it is wonderful so far.  Just chock-full of Biblical encouragement.  Anyway, last night I was taken aback by this statement that I read in the book:  “He is there to put every tear into His bottle,” and there was a Bible reference.  A very poetic reminder that God knows everything that we are going through. But was the word “bottle” actually in the Bible, I wondered, as in a bottle of tears?  Or was it just a very generous paraphrase?  I know I haven’t read the whole Bible (not even close), it just sounded very unfamiliar.  But sure enough, it’s right there in Psalm 56:8.
"Bottle with inlaid design of orchid."  Image credit:  Smithsonian Institution

“Bottle with inlaid design of orchid.” Image credit: Smithsonian Institution

Don’t you love finding “new” verses in the Bible??


8 responses to “Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Tears in a Bottle?

  1. Rebekah Postupak says:

    So this post inspired a bit of research. It turns out “tear bottles” are a thing, actually–an ancient custom of collecting mourners’ tears and then carefully marking their names on a list in honor of the deceased. –and God collecting OUR tears?! almost unthinkable tenderness.

    The NIV uses a different word, so tear bottles were a new concept to me too. So very precious. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I loved that verse as a kid. Or maybe more a teenager. I cried a lot as a teenager 😉

  3. That’s a good one. He truly sees our tears and knows our hurts. I like the verse too that tells us we are engraved on the palm of His hand. Always before Him and close.

  4. sarahgirl3 says:

    It is so humbling to think of Jesus lovingly putting my tears in a bottle. 🙂

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