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1:8 Lament. The mourning is to be like that of a young woman who has lost her beloved before marriage.
sackcloth. This coarsely woven material was often made of goat’s hair and worn during times of mourning. See v. 13; Gen. 37:34; 2 Sam. 3:31; 1 Kin. 21:27; Is. 32:11, 12.