31 Then David said to Joab and all the people with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth(A) and walk in mourning(B) in front of Abner.” King David himself walked behind the bier.

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31 His officials said to him, “Look, we have heard that the kings of Israel are merciful.(A) Let us go to the king of Israel with sackcloth(B) around our waists and ropes around our heads. Perhaps he will spare your life.”

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27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth(A) and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.(B)

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30 When the king heard the woman’s words, he tore(A) his robes. As he went along the wall, the people looked, and they saw that, under his robes, he had sackcloth(B) on his body.

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Jerusalem’s Deliverance Foretold(A)

19 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore(B) his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the Lord.

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He sent Eliakim(A) the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests,(B) all wearing sackcloth,(C) to the prophet Isaiah(D) son of Amoz.

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15 “I have sewed sackcloth(A) over my skin
    and buried my brow in the dust.(B)

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11 when I put on sackcloth,(A)
    people make sport of me.

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24 Instead of fragrance(A) there will be a stench;(B)
    instead of a sash,(C) a rope;
instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;(D)
    instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;(E)
    instead of beauty,(F) branding.(G)

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In the streets they wear sackcloth;(A)
    on the roofs(B) and in the public squares(C)
they all wail,(D)
    prostrate with weeping.(E)

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12 The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
    called you on that day(A)
to weep(B) and to wail,
    to tear out your hair(C) and put on sackcloth.(D)

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11 Tremble,(A) you complacent women;
    shudder, you daughters who feel secure!(B)
Strip off your fine clothes(C)
    and wrap yourselves in rags.(D)

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Jerusalem’s Deliverance Foretold(A)

37 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes(B) and put on sackcloth(C) and went into the temple(D) of the Lord.

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37 Every head is shaved(A)
    and every beard(B) cut off;
every hand is slashed
    and every waist is covered with sackcloth.(C)

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“Wail, Heshbon,(A) for Ai(B) is destroyed!
    Cry out, you inhabitants of Rabbah!
Put on sackcloth(C) and mourn;
    rush here and there inside the walls,
for Molek(D) will go into exile,(E)
    together with his priests and officials.

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A Call to Lamentation

13 Put on sackcloth,(A) you priests, and mourn;
    wail, you who minister(B) before the altar.
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
    you who minister before my God;
for the grain offerings and drink offerings(C)
    are withheld from the house of your God.

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