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The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the air and for the animals of the earth, and no one will frighten them away. Bible other translations

“The dead bodies of this people will be food.” It was considered a horrible tragedy for a person not to be buried, which showed honor and respect for the dead. It was even believed by many people that if a person was not buried their soul wandered the earth (see commentary on Jer. 14:16).

“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 7:33