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