Jeremiah 19

The Broken Jar

1Thus 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.
2Then 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, 3and 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. 4Because they have k  forsaken Me and have l  made this an alien place and have burned
Or incense
sacrifices 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
5and 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 heart
mind;
6therefore, 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. 8I 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 blows
disasters.
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.”’

10Then you are to break the ac  jar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11and 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 bury
because there is no other place for burial.
12This 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 incense
sacrifices to ak  all the heavenly host and al  poured out drink offerings to other gods.”’”

14Then 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: 15Thus 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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