1 Thus says Jehovah, Go and get a potter's earthen jar, and assemble some of the elders
of the people and of the elders of the priests.
2 And go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom which is by the entry of Potsherd Gate.
And there proclaim the words that I shall tell you.
3 And say, Hear the Word of Jehovah, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place,
which shall cause the ears of him who hears it to tingle,
4 because they have forsaken Me, and have given regard to this place and have burned
incense in it to 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.
5 They have also built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt
offerings to Baal, which I never commanded nor spoke, nor did it even come into My
6 Therefore behold, the days are coming, says Jehovah, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but The Valley of Slaughter.
7 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 those who seek their
lives. And I will give their corpses as food for the birds of the heavens, and for the beasts
of the earth.
8 And I will make this city a desolation and a hissing. Everyone who passes by shall be
amazed and shall hiss because of all its plagues.
9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and
they shall each one eat the flesh of his friend in the siege and distress with which their
enemies and those who seek their lives shall distress them.
10 Then you shall break the jar before the eyes of the men who go with you,
11 and shall say to them, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, Even so I will break this people
and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again. And they
shall bury them in Tophet until there is no place left to bury.
12 I will do this to this place, says Jehovah, and to its inhabitants, and make this city as
13 And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be as defiled
as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses on whose roofs they have burned
incense to all the host of the heavens, and have poured out drink offerings to other gods.
14 Then Jeremiah came from Tophet, where Jehovah had sent him to prophesy. And he
stood in the court of Jehovah's house, and said to all the people,
15 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring on this city and on
all its towns all the evil that I have spoken against it, because they have hardened their
necks so that they might not hear My Words.