"For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD, "they have 1set their detestablethings in the housewhich is called by My name, to defile it.
"They have 2built the highplaces of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to 3burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I 4did not command, and it did not come into My amind.
"5Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will nolonger be calledTopheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will 6bury in Tophethbbecausethere is no other place.
"The 7deadbodies of thispeople will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and noone will frighten them away.
"Then I will make to 8cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the 9land will become a ruin.