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8:3 songs . . . wailings. The Lord would no longer tolerate the noise of the temple songs (5:23), which would turn to the wailing of bereavement when the Lord came in judgment.
that day. See note 5:18.
many dead bodies. An abundance of corpses was typical in defeated cities in the ancient Near East, especially when conquered by the Assyrians (Nah. 3:3).