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Jeremiah 16:1-6 (The Message)

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1 God's Message to me: 2 "Jeremiah, don't get married. Don't raise a family here. 3 I have signed the death warrant on all the children born in this country, the mothers who bear them and the fathers who beget them - 4 an epidemic of death. Death unlamented, the dead unburied, dead bodies decomposing and stinking like dung, all the killed and starved corpses served up as meals for carrion crows and mongrel dogs!" 5 God continued: "Don't enter a house where there's mourning. Don't go to the funeral. Don't sympathize. I've quit caring about what happens to this people." God's Decree. "No more loyal love on my part, no more compassion. 6 The famous and obscure will die alike here, unlamented and unburied. No funerals will be conducted, no one will give them a second thought,
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