Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bible Question

In Jonah 3:7-8, the Ninevites repent of their sinful ways, and the King announces "By the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence."

Now "sackcloth" comes from the Hebrew word "saq," indicating heavy material often used for making sacks. The main component of sackcloth is goat hair. It's black and scratchy, perfect for penitence! Just out of curiosity, did the goats have to wear sackcloth, or was their own hide considered sufficient?

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