26 As the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried to him, “Help me, my lord the king!”

27 The king replied, “If the Lord does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” 28 Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”

She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ 29 So we cooked my son and ate(A) him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”

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“‘In this place I will ruin[a] the plans(A) of Judah and Jerusalem. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies,(B) at the hands of those who want to kill them, and I will give their carcasses(C) as food(D) to the birds and the wild animals. I will devastate this city and make it an object of horror and scorn;(E) all who pass by will be appalled(F) and will scoff because of all its wounds.(G) I will make them eat(H) the flesh of their sons and daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh because their enemies(I) will press the siege so hard against them to destroy them.’

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  1. Jeremiah 19:7 The Hebrew for ruin sounds like the Hebrew for jar (see verses 1 and 10).

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