What is left after a fire, similar in appearance to dust, with which they are often mentioned. Ashes signify destruction (Ezek 28:18; Mal 4:3; 2Pet 2:6) and are contrasted with glory (Isa 61:3). Sitting on them and putting them on one’s head were rituals of mourning and repentance (2Sam 13:19; Isa 58:5; Jer 6:26). Ashes are also mentioned as symbolic of insignificance (Gen 18:27).

Ezek 28:18

18By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the unrighteousness of your trade,
you profaned your sanctuaries.
So I brought out fire from within you;
it consumed y ... View more

Mal 4:3

3And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.

2Pet 2:6

6and if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly;

Isa 61:3

3to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a fai ... View more

2Sam 13:19

19But Tamar put ashes on her head, and tore the long robe that she was wearing; she put her hand on her head, and went away, crying aloud as she went.

Isa 58:5

5Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fas ... View more

Jer 6:26

26O my poor people, put on sackcloth,
and roll in ashes;
make mourning as for an only child,
most bitter lamentation:
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon ... View more

Gen 18:27

27Abraham answered, “Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.

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