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They will die grievous deaths. They will not be lamented, nor will they be buried. They will be like dung on the surface of the ground, and they will be consumed by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the air and for the animals of the earth. Bible

“their dead bodies will be food.” The dead bodies of animals and unwanted humans were left unburied and were usually eventually eaten by animals and birds (see commentary on Jer. 22:19). In this particular case, the Babylonians were about to kill many Judeans in their attack on Judah and Jerusalem, and those people would not be buried because their families would have been killed or captured.

“the birds of the air.” The Hebrew is literally, “the birds of the heavens,” but the Hebrew word “heavens” is always plural, there is no singular word “heaven” in Hebrew.


Commentary for: Jeremiah 16:4