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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Mourning

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It was the habit of the Hebrews, as it still is in the East, to make a great demonstration of their mourning. They would beat their breasts, cover their heads, fast, put dust and ashes on their heads, neglect their hair, wear dull-coloured garments, rend their clothes, wear sackcloth, etc. For Asa and Zedekiah there was 'great burning' of odours at their death, which was most probably copied from the heathen. 2 Chronicles 16:14; Jeremiah 34:5 . At a death professional mourners were hired, mostly women. "Call for the mourning women . . . . let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters." Jeremiah 9:17,18; cf. 2 Samuel 14:2; Amos 5:16 . Musicians also attended at deaths, who played mournful strains. Matthew 9:23 . God does not desire those who are bereaved to be without feeling: the Lord wept at the grave of Lazarus, but He would have reality in all things. He had to say to His people, "Rend your heart, and not your garments." Joel 2:13 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Mourning'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/m/mourning.html. 1897.

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