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The dogs will eat anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city,
and the birds of heaven will eat anyone of his who dies in the field!” Bible other translations

“The dogs will eat anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city.” 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 16:4

 
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