The word of the Lord came to me:
Mortal, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down.
Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your sandals on your feet; do not cover your upper lip or eat the bread of mourners. a18
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded.
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