Jeremiah 16:1-6 (New International Reader's Version)

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Times of Trouble Are Coming

1 A message came to me from the Lord. He said, 2 "You must not get married. You must not have any sons or daughters in this land." 3 Here is the LORD's message about the children who are born in this place. He says about them and their parents, 4 "Some of them will die of deadly sicknesses. No one will sob over them. Their bodies will not be buried. Instead, they will be like trash lying there on the ground. Others will die because of war and hunger. Their bodies will not be buried. Instead, they will become food for the birds of the air and the wild animals." 5 The LORD says, "Jeremiah, do not enter a house where a meal is being served because someone has died. Do not go there to sob or to comfort the family. I will not bless these people anymore. I have taken my love and pity away from them," announces the Lord. 6 "Important and ordinary people alike will die in this land. Their bodies will not be buried. No one will sob over them. No one will cut himself or shave his head because of them.
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