Both great and small will die in this land; they will not be buried, nor will people lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor shave their heads for them; Bible

“nor cut themselves.” It was a pagan custom practiced by some people to cut yourself when you were in mourning for the dead. This is mentioned in a number of verses (see commentaries on Jeremiah 41:5 and 1 Kings 18:28).

“shave their heads.” Some people shaved their heads as a sign of mourning (see commentary on Jeremiah 47:5, “baldness”).

Commentary for: Jeremiah 16:6