girding up the loins


girding up the loins
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).

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  • Girding — Gird Gird (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gird (up) your loins — gird (up) your ˈloins idiom (literary humorous) to get ready to do sth difficult • The company is girding its loins for a plunge into the overseas market. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • gird (up) (your) loins — humorous to prepare yourself mentally to do something difficult. Both sides are presently girding their loins for the legal battles that lie ahead …   New idioms dictionary

  • gird up your loins — gird (up) your loins : to prepare yourself for a fight or for some difficult task The company is girding its loins for what could be a long strike. • • • Main Entry: ↑loin …   Useful english dictionary

  • gird your loins — gird (up) your loins : to prepare yourself for a fight or for some difficult task The company is girding its loins for what could be a long strike. • • • Main Entry: ↑loin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gird — (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to begird, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girded — Gird Gird (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girt — Gird Gird (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Girt up — Gird Gird (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To gird on — Gird Gird (g[ e]rd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Girt}or {Girded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Girding}.] [OE. girden, gurden, AS. gyrdan; akin to OS. gurdian, D. gorden, OHG. gurten, G. g[ u]rten, Icel. gyr[eth]a, Sw. gjorda, Dan. giorde, Goth. biga[ i]rdan to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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