"They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried3 but will be like refuse lying on the ground.4 They will perish by sword and famine,5 and their dead bodies will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth."6
For this is what the LORD says: "Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity7 from this people," declares the LORD.
For this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Before your eyes and in your days I will bring an end to the sounds16 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride17 and bridegroom in this place.18
but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north30 and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'31 For I will restore32 them to the land I gave their forefathers.33
"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them.34 After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt35 them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.36
I will repay39 them double40 for their wickedness and their sin, because they have defiled my land41 with the lifeless forms of their vile images42 and have filled my inheritance with their detestable idols.43"44
O LORD, my strength and my fortress, my refuge45 in time of distress, to you the nations will come46 from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,47 worthless idols48 that did them no good.49