532. A Diadem for Ashes

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Peer, “beauty,” is the same word that is rendered “bonnet” in Isaiah 3:2020The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, (Isaiah 3:20), where see the note (#486). The prophet wishes to allow the contrast between the time of mourning and that of rejoicing. The mourner sits with ashes on the head. See note on 2 Samuel 15:3232And it came to pass, that when David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat rent, and earth upon his head: (2 Samuel 15:32) (#279). When the mourning ceases and the joy comes the ashes are taken from the head, and, in the true spirit of rejoicing, a beautiful diadem is placed thereon instead.