They cast dust (ebalon coun). Second aorist active of ballw. Cou is old word (from cew to pour) for heap of earth, dust, in N.T. only here and Mark 6:11 . Cf. Ezekiel 27:30 ; Luke 10:13 . This is the dirge of the sea-folk (cf. verses Rev 18:10Rev 18:16 ). By reason of her costliness (ek th timiothto auth). Occasionally in later literary Greek, though here only in N.T. and not in LXX. The same use of timh appears in 1 Peter 2:7 . Common in the papyri as a title like "Your Honor" (Moulton and Milligan's Vocabulary).