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Holman Bible Dictionary
An article of clothing. Three Hebrew words are translated “skirt.” 1. Kanaph
refers to the four loose corners of a garment. David cut off one of these corners of Saul's robe to show he meant Saul no harm (1Samuel 24:4, 1 Samuel 24:11
). “To reveal a skirt” (literal reading of Deuteronomy 22:30
; Deuteronomy 27:20
) is a euphemism for sexual relationships, since placing the skirt over a woman of marriageable age was the same as claiming her for marriage (Ruth 3:7-14
, meaning “mouth,” is translated “skirts” in Psalm 130:2
(“collar” NIV, NRSV; “edge” NAS). 3. Shul
refers to the part of a garment that hangs the closest to the ground. In some passages it refers to the loose garment of a woman. Several references to Jerusalem use this word figuratively to show her sin ( Jeremiah 13:22
; Lamentations 1:9
; Nahum 3:5
). The lifting of the skirt brought shame because the nakedness of a person was seen (Isaiah 47:1-3
; Nahum 3:5
). See Cloth, Clothing
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Skirt'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/s/skirt.html. 1991.