Thus saith the Lord, Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and
take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the
2And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which
is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I
shall tell thee,
3And say, Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of
Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of
Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever
heareth, his ears shall tingle.
4Because they have forsaken me, and have
estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom
neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have
filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5They have built also the
high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings
unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came
it into my mind:
6Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the
Lord, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the
son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
7And I will make void the
counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall
by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their
lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven,
and for the beasts of the earth.
8And I will make this city desolate, and
an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss
because of all the plagues thereof.
9And I will cause them to eat the
flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat
every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith
their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
10Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with
11And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Even so
will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s
vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in
Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
12Thus will I do unto
this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even
make this city as Tophet:
13And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses
of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of
all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of
heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood
in the court of the Lord’S house; and said to all the people,
saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this
city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it,
because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.