A cloak or robe. Outer garment. Used exclusively by men of rank or of the priestly order. High priest’s blue robe. Samuel’s annual ritual robe as a child (I sam 2:19, and regular adult garment, even when he appears from the afterlife (I sam 15:27, 28:14). Jonathan’s uniform cloak (I Sam 18:4). The corner of Saul’s me’il was cut off by David (I Sam 24). Worn by King David’s daughters (II Sam 13). David and Levites dressed in fine linen me’ils during a procession celebrating the transport of the ark to Jerusalem (I Chron 15:27). Ezra tore his me’il, along with his clothing (Ezra 9:3,5). Job and his friends tore their me’ils in grief (Job 1,2). Job clothed in a me’il of righteousness (Job 29). Clothed in a me’il of shame (Psalm 109). Zeal as a cloak (Isaiah 59:17). Robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). Princes of the sea shall lay down their robes (Ezekiel 26:16). Strong’s 4598.

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