Sackcloth And Ashes? How To Tell That God Will Increase Punishments...
"Now when Mardochai had heard these things, he rent his garments, and put on sackcloth, strewing ashes on his head: and he cried with a loud voice in the street in the midst of the city, shewing the anguish of his mind." [Esther 4:1]
"And in all provinces, towns, and places, to which the king's cruel edict was come, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, wailing, and weeping, many using sackcloth and ashes for their bed." [Esther 4:3]
"I have sowed sackcloth upon my skin, and have covered my flesh with ashes." [Job 16:16]
"And when Achab had heard these words, he rent his garments, and put haircloth upon his flesh, and fasted and slept in sackcloth, and walked with his head cast down." [3 Kings (1 Kings) 21:27]