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  • When Mordecai learned what had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, crying with a loud and bitter wail. - Esther 4:1

  • And as news of the king's decree reached all the provinces, there was great mourning among the Jews. They fasted, wept, and wailed, and many people lay in sackcloth and ashes. - Esther 4:3

  • Then Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. - Job 2:8

  • Your statements have about as much value as ashes. Your defense is as fragile as a clay pot. - Job 13:12

  • I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance." - Job 42:6

  • I eat ashes instead of my food. My tears run down into my drink - Psalms 102:9

  • He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes. - Psalms 147:16

  • The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He is trusting something that can give him no help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, "Is this thing, this idol that I'm holding in my hand, a lie?" - Isaiah 44:20

  • You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like a blade of grass in the wind. You dress in sackcloth and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the LORD? - Isaiah 58:5

  • To all who mourn in Israel,* he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory.3 - Isaiah 61:3

  • Now my people, dress yourselves in sackcloth, and sit among the ashes. Mourn and weep bitterly, as for the loss of an only son. For suddenly, the destroying armies will be upon you! - Jeremiah 6:26

  • For I have decided to bring disaster and not good upon this city, says the LORD. It will be captured by the king of Babylon, and he will reduce it to ashes.' - Jeremiah 21:10

  • They weep bitterly as they throw dust on their heads and roll in ashes. - Ezekiel 27:30

  • You defiled your sanctuaries with your many sins and your dishonest trade. So I brought fire from within you, and it consumed you. I let it burn you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. - Ezekiel 28:18

  • So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I wore rough sackcloth and sprinkled myself with ashes. - Daniel 9:3

  • This is what the LORD says: "The people of Moab have sinned again and again, and I will not forget it. I will not let them go unpunished any longer! They desecrated the tomb of Edom's king and burned his bones to ashes. - Amos 2:1

  • When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in sackcloth and sat on a heap of ashes. - Jonah 3:6
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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