“baldness.” Shaving one’s head was ordinarily a sign of mourning (see commentary on Jeremiah 47:5, “baldness”). Even though the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem had been lifted, the country itself was devastated. God called for public mourning and repentance, but the people would have nothing to do with that. They wanted to party. Putting on sackcloth was also a sign of mourning (cp. Jer. 48:37).