Bible Text & Cross-references:
Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel, the prophet
foresheweth the desolation of the Jews for their sins.
1 Thus saith the Lord: Go, and take a potter's earthen bottle, and
take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests:
2 And go forth into the valley of the son of Ennom, which is by the entry
of the earthen gate: and there thou shalt proclaim the words that I shall tell thee.
3 And thou shalt say: Hear the word of the Lord, O ye kings of Juda,
and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold I will bring an affliction upon this
place: so that whosoever shall hear it, his ears shall tingle:
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have profaned this place: and have
sacrificed therein to strange gods, whom neither they nor their fathers knew, nor the kings of Juda: and they have filled
this place with the blood of innocents.
5 And they have built the high places of Baalim, to burn their children
with fire for a holocaust to Baalim: which I did not command, nor speak of, neither did it once come into my mind.
6 Therefore, behold the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall
no more be called Topheth, nor the valley of the son of Ennom, but the valley of slaughter.
7 And I will defeat the counsel of Juda, and of Jerusalem, in this place:
and I will destroy them with the sword in the sight of their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and
I will give their carcasses to be meat for the fowls of the air, and for the beasts of the earth.
8 *And I will make this city an astonishment, and a hissing: every one
that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and shall hiss, because of all the plagues thereof.
9 And I will feed them with the flesh of their sons, and with the flesh
of their daughters: and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege, and in the distress wherewith their
enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
10 And thou shalt break the bottle in the sight of the men that shall
go with thee.
11 And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Even so
will I break this people, and this city, as the potter's vessel is broken, which cannot be made whole again: and they shall
be buried in Topheth, because there is no other place to bury in.
12 Thus will I do to this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants
thereof: and I will make this city as Topheth.
13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Juda,
shall be unclean as the place of Topheth: all the houses, upon whose roofs they have sacrificed to all the host of heaven,
and have poured out drink-offerings to strange gods.
14 Then Jeremias came from Topheth, whither the Lord had sent him to
prophesy, and he stood in the court of the house of the Lord, and said to all people:
15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold I will bring
in upon this city, and upon all the cities thereof, all the evils that I have spoken against it: because they have hardened
their necks, that they might not hear my words.
8: Jeremias xviii. 16. and xlix. 13. and l. 13.