1. Hebrew /v@
(shen) = tooth; v, the 21st letter of
Hebrew alphabet, is pictorial for teeth.
2. Incisors for biting (Prov
30:14; Mic 3:5), gnashing (Lam 2:16).
3. Canines for tearing, piercing, and holding:
Hebrew touL=t^m= (metalle`oth)
= from root for a worm, the coccus ilicis yielding scarlet colored
dye; thus the red is associated with meat (and Red Planet) (Prov 30:14);
associated with Arab. ltg; the Aethiopic maltâht, jawbone
(maxilla)1 (Job 29:17); canines of lions (Psa 58:6; Joel
There is a generation whose
teeth (incisors) are swords and their canines knives
4. Bicuspids for crushing and gnawing (Num 24:8; Ezek
23:34; Joel 1:4)
To devour the poor from the Earth
and the needy from among mankind. (Proverbs 30:14)
I broke the canines of the wicked
And made him drop the spoil out
from his teeth. (Job 29:17)
5. Molars for grinding (Eccl
12:3); epileptic grinding the teeth (Mk 9:18)
6. Gnashing the teeth means to strike them together
in anger or pain.
1. The upper teeth symbolize
Right Man and the lower teeth symbolize Right Woman.
2. Sex (Job 31:10)
3. Planets - the teeth correspond to the planets
in order (ref. Biblical
a. Sun - upper teeth
b. Moon - lower teeth
4. Twins (SOS 4:2; 6:6)
children (from wrong man - wrong woman) – upper and lower bite not
6. Wisdom teeth symbolize marriageable age.
7. Crowded teeth symbolize crocodile teeth (Job
41:14). The crocodile is a symbol of Baal.
8. Canines symbolize fangs and dog teeth.
9. Sour grapes set the teeth on edge (Jer 31:29-30;
Ezek 18:2) – refers to unripe grapes, which are acidic and blunt or dull
the mouth. Eating sour grapes symbolizes sinning and reaping the
results under the Law of Volitional Responsibility (Hos 8:7a).
10. Gnashing the teeth:
a. Grate or grind the
teeth in rage against (Job 16:9; Psa 35:16; 37:12; Lam 2:16; Acts 7:54).
b. Anguish and mourning
(Matt 8:12; 13:42; Lk 13:28).
11. White teeth are healthy and symbolize prosperity
(Gen 49:12), and losing a tooth can make a person appear ugly (SOS 4:2).
12. Teeth of beasts (and tyrants) symbolize death
and destruction of devouring judgment (Deut 32:24; Psa 124:6).
13. Skin of the teeth symbolizes a thin margin
or narrow escape (Job 19:20).
14. Teeth symbolize a jail. Knocking out
the tooth of a slave, therefore, required that he be freed (Ex 21:27).
15. Breaking the teeth can symbolize a disabling
injury (Job 4:10; Psa 3:7).
16. An eye for eye and tooth for tooth symbolized
justice (Ex 21:24; Deut 19:21).
17. Taking one's flesh in his teeth can symbolize
taking one's life into his own hands (Job 13:14).
18. A bad tooth cannot be trusted and may symbolize
a person who cannot be trusted (Prov 25:19).
1. Keil, C. F., & Delitzsch, F. (2002). Commentary
on the Old Testament. (Job 29:15–17). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.
Author: Larry Wood, Released January
20, 2011 - Revised Sept. 27, 2011