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1 The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying,

2 Thou shalt not take [a]thee a wife, nor have sons nor daughters in this place.

3 For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons, and concerning the daughters, that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bear them, and concerning their fathers that beget them in this land,

4 They shall die of deaths and diseases: they shall not be lamented, neither shall they be buried, but they shall be as dung upon the earth, and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine, and their carcasses shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

5 For thus saith the Lord, [b]Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament, nor be moved for them: for I have taken my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even mercy and compassion.

6 Both the great, and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, [c]nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them.

7 They shall not stretch out the hands for them in the mourning to comfort them for the dead, neither shall they give them the [d]cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.

8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink.

9 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, even in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.

10 And when thou shalt show this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great plague against us? or what is [e]our iniquity? and what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?

11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my Law,

12 (And ye have done worse than your fathers: for behold, you walk everyone after the stubbornness of his wicked heart, and will not hear me.)

13 Therefore will I drive you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither you nor your fathers, and there ye shall serve other gods day and night: for I will show you no grace.

14 Behold therefore saith the Lord, the days come that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt,

15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel [f]from the land of the North, and from all the lands where he had scattered them, and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

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