What is the significance of tearing one's clothes in the Bible?

And Elisha saw it and he cried, "My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!" And he saw him no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.  II Kings 2:11-12

I also read other verses related to tearing off clothes.. what does it mean in the bible?

Esther 4:1

ESV - 1 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.

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