“Son of man, realize that I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you with a jolt, 1 but you must not mourn or weep or shed tears.
they will tear out their hair because of you and put on sackcloth, and they will weep bitterly over you with intense mourning. 1
“Speak to all the people and priests of the land as follows: ‘When you fasted and lamented in the fifth and seventh 1 months through all these seventy years, did you truly fast for me – for me, indeed?
those with tears like those not weeping, those who rejoice like those not rejoicing, those who buy like those without possessions,
Throughout each and every province where the king’s edict and law were announced 1 there was considerable 2 mourning among the Jews, along with fasting, weeping, and sorrow. 3 Sackcloth and ashes were characteristic 4 of many.
So I said, 1 “Oh, my dear people, 2 put on sackcloth and roll in ashes. Mourn with painful sobs as though you had lost your only child. For any moment now 3 that destructive army 4 will come against us.”
The inhabitants 1 of Samaria will lament 2 over the calf idol 3 of Beth Aven. 4 Its people will mourn over it; its idolatrous priests will wail 5 over it, 6 because its splendor will be taken from them 7 into exile.
“‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: On the day it 1 went down to Sheol I caused observers to lament. 2 I covered it with the deep and held back its rivers; its plentiful water was restrained. I clothed Lebanon in black for it, and all the trees of the field wilted because of it.
The new wine dries up, the vines shrivel up, all those who like to celebrate 1 groan.
I will threaten Ariel, and she will mourn intensely and become like an altar hearth 1 before me.
The king will mourn and the prince will be clothed with shuddering; the hands of the people of the land will tremble. Based on their behavior I will deal with them, and by their standard of justice 1 I will judge them. Then they will know that I am the Lord!”
Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned him. They buried him at his home in Ramah. Then David left and went down to the desert of Paran. 1
No one will take any food to those who mourn for the dead to comfort them. No one will give them any wine to drink to console them for the loss of their father or mother.
I have not eaten anything when I was in mourning, or removed any of it while ceremonially unclean, or offered any of it to the dead; 1 I have obeyed you 2 and have done everything you have commanded me.