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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Skirt

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is the rendering in the A.V. properly of שׁוּל, shul (so called as being pendulous), the flowing train of a female dress ("skirts," Jeremiah 13:22; Jeremiah 13:26; Lamentations 1:9; Nahum 3:5; "train," Isaiah 6:1; elsewhere "hem"); more vaguely of כָּנָ, kanaph (literally a wing), the flap of a robe (Deuteronomy 22:30; Deuteronomy 27:20; Ruth 3:9; 1 Samuel 15:27; 1 Samuel 24:4-5; 1 Samuel 24:11; Ezekiel 5:3; Haggai 2:12; Zechariah 8:23); improperly of פֶּה, peh (literally the mouth, as usually rendered), the upper opening of a garment around the neck (Psalms 133:2; "hole," Exodus 28:32; Exodus 39:23; "collar," Job 30:18). To raise the skirts of a female's garment is put for a symbol of the greatest insult and disgrace (Jeremiah 13:22; Jeremiah 13:26; Nahum 3:5; comp. Isaiah 57:2); whereas to cover her with one's skirt was a token of matrimony (Ruth 3:9), or to remove it was preliminary to sexual intercourse (Deuteronomy 23:1); the wide Oriental outer garment serving as a coverlet by night. (See DRESS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Skirt'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/s/skirt.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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