BIBLE DICTIONARY (SACKCLOTH)

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SACKCLOTH- A rough, coarse cloth, or a baglike garment made of this cloth and worn as a symbol of mourning or repentance, In the Bible sackcloth was often used to symbolize certain

actions. In the case of mourning, either over a death (Gen 37:34; Joel 1:8) or another calamity (Esth 4:1-4; Job 16:15), the Israelites showed their grief by wearing sackcloth and ashes. This was done also  in instance of confession and grief over sin (1 Kin 21:27).

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