Jeremiah 16:1-11 (New International Version)

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Day of Disaster

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 2 "You must not marry1 and have sons or daughters in this place." 3 For this is what the LORD says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers:2 4 "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 5 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the LORD says: "Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity7 from this people," declares the LORD. 6 "Both high and low will die in this land.8 They will not be buried or mourned,9 and no one will cut10 himself or shave11 his head for them. 7 No one will offer food12 to comfort those who mourn13 for the dead--not even for a father or a mother--nor will anyone give them a drink to console14 them. 8 "And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink.15 9 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 10 "When you tell these people all this and they ask you, 'Why has the LORD decreed such a great disaster against us? What wrong have we done? What sin have we committed against the LORD our God?'19 11 then say to them, 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped20 them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.21
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