WAIL (Heb. mispēdh, nehî, Gr. alalazō, pentheō). In ancient funeral processions wailing relatives, often accompanied by hired female (sometimes male) mourners and musicians, preceded the body to the grave (Jer.9.17-Jer.9.18; Amos.5.16; Matt.9.23).
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
See BURIAL, III, 2; IV, 4, 5, 6.