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Home > Dictionaries > Holman Bible Dictionary > GNASHING OF TEETH

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GNASHING OF TEETH

Grating one's teeth together. In the Old Testament, gnashing of teeth was an expression of anger reserved for the wicked and for one's enemies (Job 16:9; Psalms 35:16; Psalms 37:12; Lamentations 2:16). In the New Testament, gnashing of teeth is associated with the place of future punishment (for example, Matthew 8:12; Matthew 13:42,Matthew 13:50). There the gnashing of teeth is perhaps an expression of the futility of the wicked before God's judgment or else a demonstration of their continuing refusal to repent and acknowledge the justness of God's judgment. (Compare Revelation 16:9, Revelation 16:11.) See Hell; Punishment, Everlasting.


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'GNASHING OF TEETH'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/hbd/view.cgi?number=T2325>. 1991.

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