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Jeremiah 16:1-6 (New Century Version)

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1 Then the Lord spoke his word to me: 2 "You must not get married or have sons or daughters in this place." 3 The Lord says this about the sons and daughters born in this land and their mothers and fathers: 4 "They will die of terrible diseases, and no one will cry for them or bury them. Their bodies will lie on the ground like dung. They will die in war, or they will starve to death. Their bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals." 5 So this is what the Lord says: "Jeremiah, do not go into a house where there is a funeral meal. Do not go there to cry for the dead or to show your sorrow for them, because I have taken back my blessing, my love, and my pity from these people," says the Lord. 6 "Important people and common people will die in the land of Judah. No one will bury them or cry for them or cut himself or shave his head to show sorrow for them.
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