girding up the loins

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The process of tucking up the long Eastern robes through the girdle to facilitate energetic work or walking (2 Kgs. 4: 29) and therefore also a figurative expression (1 Pet. 1: 13, NRSV marg.) to denote the mental preparation for action (so NRSV, REB, NJB).

Subjects: Biblical Studies.

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