But they did not obey or pay any attention. Instead, they did whatever their stubborn and evil hearts told them to do, and they became worse instead of better.
From the day that your ancestors came out of Egypt until this very day I have kept on sending to you my servants, the prophets.
Yet no one listened or paid any attention. Instead, you became more stubborn and rebellious than your ancestors.
"So, Jeremiah, you will speak all these words to my people, but they will not listen to you; you will call them, but they will not answer.
You will tell them that their nation does not obey me, the Lord their God, or learn from their punishment. Faithfulness is dead. No longer is it even talked about.
"Mourn, people of Jerusalem; cut off your hair and throw it away. Sing a funeral song on the hilltops, because I, the Lord, am angry and have rejected my people.
"The people of Judah have done an evil thing. They have placed their idols, which I hate, in my Temple and have defiled it.
In Hinnom Valley they have built an altar called Topheth, so that they can sacrifice their sons and daughters in the fire. I did not command them to do this - it did not even enter my mind. 132
And so, the time will come when it will no longer be called Topheth or Hinnom Valley, but Slaughter Valley. They will bury people there because there will be nowhere else to bury them.
The corpses will be food for the birds and wild animals, and there will be no one to scare them off.
The land will become a desert. In the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the happy sounds of wedding feasts. 2