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Jeremiah 19:1-15

19  Then Jehovah said to me “Go and buy an earthen bottle, and have elders of the people and of the priests come, 2  and go out to Ben-Hinnom’s Valley, at the rubbish gate, and proclaim there the words I will tell you, 3  and say ‘Hear Jehovah’s word, kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; says Israel’s God Jehovah, Here I am bringing upon this place such a disaster that when anybody hears of it his ears will buzz. 4*  Since they have left me and denatured this place and made burnings in it to other gods whom they and their fathers had never known, and the kings of Judah have filled this place with blood 5  and have built the Baal-heights to burn up their children as burnt-offerings to the Baal, which I had not commanded nor spoken of nor thought of, 6  therefore here are days coming, quoth Jehovah, when this place will no longer be called “the Fire-Pit” and “Ben-Hinnom’s Valley” but “Slaughter Valley”; 7  and I will frustrate the policy of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and have them fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of those who are after their lives, and I will give their carcasses for food to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, 8*  and will make this city a desolation and a thing to whistle at; everyone who passes it will stand aghast and whistle at all its overthrow. 9  And I will feed them their children’s flesh, and each other’s flesh they shall eat, in the hard-pressed siege with which their enemies press them’; 10  and break the bottle before the eyes of the men that came with you, 11  and say to them ‘Says Jehovah of Armies, Like this I will break this people and this city as one breaks an earthen dish, so that it cannot be mended again. 12  So I will do to this place, quoth Jehovah, and to its inhabitants, and be making this city like a fire-pit; 13  and the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be like the place of the fire-pit, defiled, all the houses on whose roofs they made burnings to all the legions of the sky and poured libations to other gods.”’ 14  And Jeremiah came from the Fire-Pit, where Jehovah had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of Jehovah’s house and said to the people 15  “Says Israel’s God Jehovah of Armies, Here I am bringing to this city and to all its cities and villages all the disaster I have threatened it with, because they stiffened their necks, not listening to my words:”

Footnotes

19:4 Or foreignized this place
19:8 Lit. its striking