Ezra 9:3-53As soon as I heard this, I a tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and b sat appalled. 4Then all who c trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the faithlessness of the returned exiles, gathered around me while I sat d appalled until the evening sacrifice. 5And at the e evening sacrifice I rose from my fasting, with my garment f and my cloak torn, and fell upon my knees g and spread out my hands to the Lord my God,
The People of Israel Confess Their Sin1Now on the twenty-fourth day of h this month the people of Israel were assembled i with fasting j and in sackcloth, k and with earth on their heads.
Esther Agrees to Help the Jews1When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes l and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry. 2He went up to the entrance of the king’s gate, for no one was allowed to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth. 3And in every province, wherever the king’s command and his decree reached, there was great mourning among the Jews, m with fasting and weeping and lamenting, and many of them n lay in sackcloth and ashes.
Job 1:2020Then Job arose and o tore his p robe and q shaved his head r and fell on the ground and worshiped.
Job 2:1212And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they s tore their robes and sprinkled t dust on their heads toward heaven.
Psalms 69:1111When I made u sackcloth my clothing,
I became v a byword to them.
Isaiah 22:12-1312 In that day w the Lord God of hosts
called for weeping and mourning,
for x baldness and y wearing sackcloth;
13and behold, joy and gladness,
killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
eating flesh and drinking wine.
z “Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die.”
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