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 priests;
And 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,
And 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.
Because 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;
They 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
Therefore, 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.
And 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.
And 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.
And 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
Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,
And 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.
Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and
even make this city as Tophet:
And 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
Then came 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,
Thus 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.