Mt 13:42, the weeping and gnashing of teeth

From: Paul S. Dixon (
Date: Fri Aug 08 1997 - 19:57:38 EDT

Jonathan et al:

I caught your message, meant to come back to it, and must have
accidentally deleted it (I hate it when it does that).

You expected KLAUQMOS KAI BRUGMOS ..., and inquired about the
significance of the articular constructions instead.

In the NT (Mt 8:12, 13;42, 13:50, 22:13, 24:51, 25:30 and Lk 13:28) these
nouns always occur in the articular construction. I did not find them in
the LXX. Am I missing something, or is the obvious answer (at least
here) not correct? Is this not an example of the anaphoric article,
which here would refer to the well-known weeping and gnashing of teeth
associated with the day of judgment? At least that seems to be the
meaning associated with each occurrence in the NT.

Or, were you asking about the particular derivation of this articular
construction? I couldn't find it in the LXX. Perhaps, it was created by

Paul Dixon

Paul S. Dixon, Pastor
Ladd Hill Bible Church
Wilsonville, Oregon

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