He who dies of Jeroboam in the city
the dogs will eat,
and he who dies in the field
the birds of the heavens will eat;
for Yahweh has spoken!”’ Bible other translations

“the dogs will eat.” In a culture where family ties were strong and family tombs common, to not have anyone bury your dead body was considered a terrible curse. In fact, many people believed (falsely, but it was a very widely held belief) that a proper burial was important for a comfortable existence in the afterlife. Thus the threat of not being buried but having one’s dead body eaten by animals, birds, and vermin was a horrifying threat of unspeakable loneliness and rejection, both on this earth and in the afterlife (see commentary on Jer. 14:16).

Commentary for: 1 Kings 14:11