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Gird up the Loins

(To). To prepare for hard work or a journey. The Jews wore a girdle only when at work or on a journey. Even to the present day, Eastern people, who wear loose dresses, gird them about the loins.

“The loose tunic was an inconvenient walking dress; therefore, when persons went from home, they tied a girdle round it (2 Kings iv. 2; ix. 1; Isaiah v. 27; Jeremiah i. 17; John xxi. 7; Acts xii. 8).” —Jahn: Archeologia Biblica (section 121).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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