"Then break the jar1 while those who go with you are watching,
and say to them, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I will smash2 this nation and this city just as this potter's jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury3 the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.
This is what I will do to this place and to those who live here, declares the LORD. I will make this city like Topheth.
The houses4 in Jerusalem and those of the kings of Judah will be defiled5 like this place, Topheth--all the houses where they burned incense on the roofs6 to all the starry hosts7 and poured out drink offerings8 to other gods.' "
Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court9 of the LORD's temple and said to all the people,
"This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster10 I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked11 and would not listen12 to my words.' "