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Ashes - (Easton's Bible Dictionary)

The ashes of a red heifer burned entire (Num. 19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean (Heb. 9:13).

To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence and humiliation (2 Sam. 13:19; Esther 4:3; Jer. 6:26, etc.).

To feed on ashes (Isa. 44:20), means to seek that which will prove to be vain and unsatisfactory, and hence it denotes the unsatisfactory nature of idol-worship. (Comp. Hos. 12:1).

Ashes - (Webster's 1828 Dictionary)

ASH'ES, n. plu. Without the singular number.

1. The earthy particles of combustible substances remaining after combustion; as of wood or coal.

2. The remains of the human body when burnt. Hence figuratively, a dead body or corpse.

3. In scripture, ashes is used to denote vileness, meanness, frailty, or humiliation.

I who am but dust and ashes. Gen 18.

I abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes. Job 42.

ASH'-FIRE, n. A low fire used in chimical operations.

ASH'-HOLE, n. A repository for ashes; the lower part of a furnace.

ASH'-LAR, n. Common or free stones, as they come from the quarry, of different lengths, breadths and thicknesses.

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