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Jeremiah 19:1-12 (New American Standard)

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The Broken Jar

1 Thus says the LORD, "Go and buy a 1potter's earthenware 2jar, and take some of the 3elders of the people and some of the a4senior priests. 2 "Then go out to the 5valley of Ben-hinnom , which is by the entrance of the potsherd gate, and 6proclaim there the words that I tell you, 3 and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O 7kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Behold I am about to bring a 8calamity upon this place, at which the 9ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle. 4 "Because they have 10forsaken Me and have 11made this an alien place and have burned bsacrifices in it to 12other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the 13blood of the innocent 5 and have built the 14high places of Baal to burn their 15sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My cmind; 6 therefore, behold, 16days are coming," declares the LORD, "when this place will no longer be called 17Topheth or 18the valley of Ben-hinnom , but rather the valley of Slaughter. 7 "I will 19make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and 20I 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 21carcasses as food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. 8 "I will also make this city a 22desolation and an object of hissing; 23everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its ddisasters. 9 "I will make them 24eat 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."' 10 "Then you are to break the 25jar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11 and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Just so will I 26break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will 27bury in Topheth ebecause there is no other place for burial. 12 "This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants," declares the LORD, "so as to make this city like Topheth.
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