Usually made of rough leather as worn round the waist by Elijah (2 Kgs. 1: 8), and useful for holding up garments when working in the fields. John the Baptist (Mark 1: 6) wore a girdle similar to that of Elijah, which reinforced his message to repent, like Elijah (Mal. 4: 5 f.) (Mal. 3: 23 f., NJB).