Ashes @ The ashes of a red heifer burned entire Numbers:19:5) when sprinkled on the unclean made them ceremonially clean Hebrews:9:13). To cover the head with ashes was a token of self-abhorrence and humiliation ( 2Samuel:13:19; Esther:4:3; Jeremiah:6:26, etc.). To feed on ashes Isaiah:44:20), means to seek that which will prove to be vain and unsatisfactory, and hence it denotes the unsatisfactory nature of idol-worship. (Comp. Hosea:12:1).