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Ashes, in the symbolical language of Scripture, denote human frailty (Genesis 18:27), and deep humiliation (Esther 4:1; Jonah 3:6; Matthew 11:21; Luke 10:13; Job 42:6; Daniel 9:3). To sit in ashes was a token of grief and mourning (Job 2:8; Lamentations 3:16; Ezekiel 27:30), as was also strewing them upon the head (2 Samuel 13:19; Isaiah 61:3) [MOURNING]. 'Feeding on ashes,' in Psalms 102:9, appears to express grief, as of one with whose food the ashes with which he is covered mingle. But in Isaiah 44:20, 'feeding on ashes,' which afford no nourishment, is judged to denote ineffectual means, labor to no purpose. Compare Hosea 12:1.

 

 

 

 


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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Ashes'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature". https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/kbe/a/ashes.html.

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