Y O U N G P E O P L E ' S D I C T I O N A R Y O F S C R I P T U R A L • & • R E L I G I O U S T E R M S
Clouted or clouts appears only three times in the KJV Bible, however the original
Hebrew words are used eight times in the Old Testament.
In the case of Joshua (Josh. 9:5), the Gibeonites fooled him and the leaders of Israel
into thinking they came from a very far distance. This deceit was accomplished by
their wearing ragged clothing (clouted), bringing dry, moldy bread, and with their
wine bottle skins old and cracked. Rather than taking counsel of the Lord, Joshua
and the leaders of Israel accepted the Gibeonites appearance and spared their lives.
Jehovah had commanded Israel to destroy all the people that ‘were near’ to Israel.
It was not long before Joshua found out that the Gibeonites lived very close to
them. Had they asked counsel, depending on the Lord instead of looking at the
Gibeonites clouted clothing, Israel would not have been fooled.
In the case of Jeremiah (Jer. 38:11), because he had faithfully prophesied the Word
of God to the rebellious king and princes of Judah, he was cast into a dungeon and
left to die. But the godly Ethiopian eunuch, Ebedmelech, pleaded for Jeremiah’s life
and was allowed to bring him out of the dungeon. There was a problem however.
The dungeon was more like a very deep hole with steep sides with no ladder or
other way to get Jeremiah out. Ebedmelech let down clouts—pieces of rags—and told
Jeremiah to tie them together to make a rope that would fit under his arms. This
allowed Ebedmelech to pull dear Jeremiah out of the filthy dungeon where he was.