"They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried1 but will be like refuse lying on the ground.2 They will perish by sword and famine,3 and their dead bodies will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth."45
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the LORD says: "Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity5 from this people," declares the LORD.
"Both high and low will die in this land.6 They will not be buried or mourned,7 and no one will cut8 himself or shave9 his head for them.
No one will offer food10 to comfort those who mourn11 for the dead--not even for a father or a mother--nor will anyone give them a drink to console12 them.
"And do not enter a house where there is feasting and sit down to eat and drink.139
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 sounds14 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride15 and bridegroom in this place.1610
"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?'1711
then say to them, 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped18 them. They forsook me and did not keep my law.1912
But you have behaved more wickedly than your fathers.20 See how each of you is following the stubbornness of his evil heart21 instead of obeying me.
So I will throw you out of this land22 into a land neither you nor your fathers have known,23 and there you will serve other gods24 day and night, for I will show you no favor.'2514
"However, the days are coming,"26 declares the LORD, "when men will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'27