They have left the dead bodies of your servants
    as food for the birds of the sky,(A)
    the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.(B)

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They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey(A)
    and to the wild animals;(B)
the birds will feed on them all summer,
    the wild animals all winter.

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33 Then the carcasses(A) of this people will become food(B) for the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away.(C)

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Has not my inheritance become to me
    like a speckled bird of prey
    that other birds of prey surround and attack?
Go and gather all the wild beasts;
    bring them to devour.(A)

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And if they ask you, ‘Where shall we go?’ tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘Those destined for death, to death;
those for the sword, to the sword;(A)
those for starvation, to starvation;(B)
those for captivity, to captivity.’(C)

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“They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried(A) but will be like dung lying on the ground.(B) They will perish by sword and famine,(C) and their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.”(D)

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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.

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Footnotes

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

20 I will deliver(A) into the hands of their enemies who want to kill them.(B) Their dead bodies will become food for the birds and the wild animals.(C)

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