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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gird up your Loins

Ok, so I am cheating a little today. Before we went to bed last night, Drew asked me if I knew what Gird up you Loins meant. I took a stab, that wasn't too far off, but I loved the Bible Dictionary definition of it. It was a little harder to find than I expected, it is under clothing.
So, here it is;,

" On the body next to the skin was worn a long shirt of linen or cotton (Mark 14: 51). It was put on over the head, and there were either slits for the arms to pass through or, perhaps more commonly, loose, short sleeves. Over this was worn a coat or tunic, something like a dressing gown, reaching generally to the feet, and fitting closely in the upper part (Matt. 5: 40; Mark 14: 63; John 19: 23; John 21: 7). Sometimes, as in the case of our Lord, it was woven in a single piece from the top throughout. Outside this coat or tunic was worn a girdle, generally of leather, from which purse, pouch, or weapon hung. As the tunic, reaching below the knees, would interfere with active movement, it was drawn up under the girdle as an outward sign of being busy (“Let your loins be girded about”), or as a preliminary to energetic work, as when Elijah girded up his loins and ran before Ahab."

So, the next time you sing "Gird up your loins, fresh courage take, our God will never us forsake"... Think get busy!

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