be gathered to one's fathers

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From various passages in the Bible, including Judges 2:10, and 1 Maccabees 2:69 in the Apocrypha (see the quotations), from Biblical Hebrew נֶאֶסְפוּ אֶל-אֲבוֹתָיו(neʾespū ʾel-ʾăḇôṯâw) and Koine Greek προσετέθη πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας αὐτοῦ (prosetéthē pròs toùs patéras autoû, Apocrypha).[1]


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /biː ˈɡæðəd tuː wʌnz ˈfɑːðəz/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /bi ˈɡæðɚd tə wʌnz ˈfɑðɚz/
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  • Hyphenation: be ga‧thered to one's fa‧thers


be gathered to one's fathers (third-person singular simple present is gathered to one's fathers, present participle is being gathered to one's fathers, simple past was gathered to one's fathers, past participle has been gathered to one's fathers)

  1. (biblical and literary, dated) To be buried together with one's forebears; hence, to die.
    Synonyms: be gathered to one's people, be laid unto one's fathers, be put to one's fathers, sleep with one's fathers (all obsolete); see also Thesaurus:die