RENDING OF GARMENTS Tearing or pulling garments apart, often as a sign of mourning (Genesis 37:34; Leviticus 10:6; Leviticus 21:10; 1 Samuel 4:12; 2 Samuel 3:31), repentance (Genesis 37:29; Joshua 7:6; 2 Chronicles 34:27; Joel 2:13), or as a response to the rejection of God's plan (Numbers 14:6) or (perceived) blasphemy (Matthew 26:65; Mark 14:63; Acts 14:14). See Blasphemy; Mourning.
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