The Bible records two separate times when Jesus wept. According to Luke 19:41-44, Jesus wept over Jerusalem. When he was entering Jerusalem, he looked over the city and saw what it would be like today. It wasn’t in ruins then, but Jesus knew the fighting and killings that would be in Jerusalem just as it is today.
On another occasion, Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus. John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. It simply says:
Jesus wept differently in these two instances. When he wept over Jerusalem it was for what would happen in a place in the future. When he wept at the grave of Lazarus, it was because of what was happening then and there concerning a person. In this case, Jesus wept because of personal friendship with Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.
Jesus was not the only one to weep in the Bible. The Bible provides 697 references associated with weeping, crying, or tears. One of the first Bible references for weeping is in the book of Genesis when Abraham wept over the death of Sarah. Also, in the book of Genesis, when Joseph saw his brothers who had sold him into slavery he wept, according to Genesis 45:15. It was not because of what they had done to him, but it was because he was seeing them after 13 years. Hannah wept before the Lord in her barren state. Esau wept over his father Isaac, asking for a blessing. King David writes about his tears in several of the psalms. He wept before the Lord, even saying they were his portion day and night.
The Bible provides accounts of tears of grief as David weeping over the death of Absolom and Jairus weeping over his daughter. Others wept tears of repentance and sin-sorrow. Israel wept when they stood to hear the scriptures read and were broken over not following the Lord their God and His law. David wept as Nathan confronted him about adultery with Bathsheba and killing her husband. Jonah wept after finally going to Ninevah to pronounce God’s judgment. Jeremiah was called the “weeping prophet” because he like Jesus, wept over Jerusalem. In fact, Jeremiah wept all the way through the book of Lamentation. Peter wept when he heard the rooster crow for the third time as he remembered Jesus’ prediction. Mary Magdalene wept when she thought Jesus was missing after His resurrection.
Because Jesus wept, and God’s people in the Bible wept, it is acceptable for us to weep over situations as well. So, what causes you to weep?