Ge 37:29,34 Nu 14:6 2Sa 13:31 Ezr 9:3-5 Es 4:1 Job 1:20
Nu 16:22,45 2Sa 12:16
* until the eventide.
Jud 20:23,26 21:2 2Sa 1:12
* put dust.
Rending the clothes, beating the breast, tearing the hair,
throwing dust upon the head, and falling prostrate, were usual
signs of deep affliction and distress among the ancient
Israelites. In illustration of this custom, see 1; Sa 4:12,
when the messenger brought tidings to Eli of the discomfiture
of the armies of Israel by the Philistines; again, in the case
of Tamar, 2; Sa 13:19, and in Ne 9:1, when a whole nation,
"assembled with fasting, and with sackcloth, and earth upon
them." See also the case of Mordecai, Es 4:1, and Job 2:12,
where his friends abased themselves to comfort him; refer also
to Eze 27:30. Jon 3:6. Mic 1:10. In each of these instances
it is worthy of remark, that putting dust on the head
generally follows rending of the clothes, and was the usual
mode of evincing poignant sorrow.