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Teeth

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Hard bony structures in the jaws of persons and animals used to cut and grind food. In Old Testament thinking, the loss of a tooth was a serious matter subject to the law of retaliation (Exodus 21:23-25 ; Leviticus 24:19-20 ; Deuteronomy 19:21 ; compare Matthew 5:38-42 ). Teeth set on edge, that is made dull or insensitive, illustrates the concept of corporate or inherited guilt challenged by the prophets (Jeremiah 31:29-30 ; Ezekiel 18:2-3 ). Gnashing of teeth displays the raging despair of those excluded from Christ's kingdom (Matthew 8:12 ; Matthew 13:42 ).


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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 'Teeth'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/t/teeth.html. 1991.

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