“‘Do not weep for the king who was killed. Do not grieve for him. But weep mournfully for the king who has gone into exile. For he will never return to see his native land again. 1
I am afraid that 1 when I come again, my God may humiliate me before you, and I will grieve for 2 many of those who previously sinned and have not repented of the impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness that they have practiced.
So, mourn, 1 you people of this nation. 2 Cut off your hair and throw it away. Sing a song of mourning on the hilltops. For the Lord has decided to reject 3 and forsake this generation that has provoked his wrath!’” 4
Rich and poor alike will die in this land. They will not be buried or mourned. People will not cut their bodies or shave off their hair to show their grief for them. 1
Their survivors will escape to the mountains and become like doves of the valleys; all of them will moan – each one for his iniquity.
And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 1 “Woe, Woe, O great city – in which all those who had ships on the sea got rich from her wealth – because in a single hour she has been destroyed!” 2
Then Moses said to Aaron and to Eleazar and Ithamar his other two sons, “Do not 1 dishevel the hair of your heads 2 and do not tear your garments, so that you do not die and so that wrath does not come on the whole congregation. Your brothers, all the house of Israel, are to mourn the burning which the Lord has caused, 3
They will die of deadly diseases. No one will mourn for them. They will not be buried. Their dead bodies will lie like manure spread on the ground. They will be killed in war or die of starvation. Their corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals.
Those who have been killed by the Lord at that time will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried. 1 Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.
So 1 the Lord has this to say about Josiah’s son, King Jehoiakim of Judah: People will not mourn for him, saying, “This makes me sad, my brother! This makes me sad, my sister!” They will not mourn for him, saying, “Poor, poor lord! Poor, poor majesty!” 2
Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed. Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 1 Rabbah. Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning. Run about covered with gashes. 2 For your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and officials. 3
all the clans that remain, each separately with their wives.”
Thus the people who had come to mourn 1 said, “Look how much he loved him!”