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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Ashes

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Ashes, mostly from burnt wood, were used as a sign of sorrow or mourning, either put on the head, 2 Samuel 13:19 , or on the body with sackcloth, Esther 4:1; Jeremiah 6:26; Lamentations 3:16; Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13; or strewn on a couch on which to lie, Esther 4:3; Isaiah 58:5; Jonah 3:6 . To eat ashes expresses great sorrow, Psalm 102:9; and to be reduced to them is a figure of complete destruction, Ezekiel 28:18; Malachi 4:3; to feed on them tells of the vanities with which the soul may be occupied. Isaiah 44:20 . 'Dust and ashes' was the figure Abraham used of himself before Jehovah, Genesis 18:27; and Job said he had become like them by the hand of God. Job 30:19 . For the ashes of the Red Heifer see HEIFER.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Ashes'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/a/ashes.html. 1897.

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