25 Jeremiah chanted a dirge(A) over Josiah, and all the male and female singers still speak of Josiah in their dirges today. They established them as a statute for Israel, and indeed they are written in the Dirges.

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Mourning over Judah

17 This is what the Lord of Armies says:

Consider, and summon the women who mourn;(A)
send for the skillful women.

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“Both great and small will die in this land without burial. No lament will be made for them, nor will anyone cut himself or(A) shave his head for them.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 16:6 This custom demonstrated pagan mourning rituals.

17 Groan quietly; do not observe mourning rites for the dead.(A) Put on your turban and strap your sandals on your feet; do not cover your mustache or eat the bread of mourners.”[a](B)

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Footnotes

  1. 24:17 Lit men, also in v. 22

22 The sound of harpists, musicians,
flutists, and trumpeters
will never be heard in you again;(A)
no craftsman of any trade
will ever be found in you again;
the sound of a mill
will never be heard in you again;

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