"For the Judeans have done what is evil in My sight." [This is] the Lord's declaration. "They have set up their detestable thingsa in the house that is called by My name and defiled it.
They have built the high places of Tophethbcin the Valley of Hinnomdein order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought.f32
"Therefore, take note! Days are coming"-the Lord's declaration-"when [this place] will no longer be called Topheth and the Valley of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.g Topheth will become a cemetery,h because there will be no other burial place.
The corpses of these people will become food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land, with no one to scare them off.i34
I will remove from the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and gladness and the voices of the bridegroom and the bride,j for the land will become a desolate waste.