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For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

8:21 I am black. Also translated “caused to mourn” (note Job 5:11). Because of his nation’s unrepentant sin, Jeremiah was so grieved as not merely to don black mourning garments but actually to become the very personification of mourning. How rare is such mourning over national sin today, even by Christians!

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