The Broken Jar1 Thus says the Lord, “Go and buy a a potter’s earthenware b jar, and take some of the c elders of the people and some of the ▼
▼ Or elders of, e senior priests. 2 “Then go out to the f valley of Ben-hinnom, which is by the entrance of the potsherd gate, and g proclaim there the words that I tell you, 3 and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O h kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold I am about to bring a i calamity upon this place, at which the j ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle. 4 “Because they have k forsaken Me and have l made this an alien place and have burned ▼
▼ Or incensesacrifices in it to n other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the o blood of the innocent 5 and have built the p high places of Baal to burn their q sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My ▼
▼ Lit heartmind; 6 therefore, behold s days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when this place will no longer be called t Topheth or u the valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter. 7 “I will v make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and w I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hand of those who seek their life; and I will give over their x carcasses as food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. 8 “I will also make this city a y desolation and an object of hissing; z everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its ▼
▼ Lit blowsdisasters. 9 “I will make them ab eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them.”’ 10 “Then you are to break the ac jar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11 and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Just so will I ad break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will ae bury in Topheth ▼
▼ Or until there is no place left to burybecause there is no other place for burial. 12 “This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,” declares the Lord, “so as to make this city like Topheth. 13 “The ag houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be ah defiled like the place Topheth, because of all the ai houses on whose rooftops they burned ▼
▼ Or incensesacrifices to ak all the heavenly host and al poured out drink offerings to other gods.”’” 14 Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the am court of the Lord’s house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have an stiffened their necks so ao as not to heed My words.’”
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