From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again1 I sent you my servants2 the prophets.326
But they did not listen to me or pay attention.4 They were stiff-necked5 and did more evil than their forefathers.'627
"When you tell7 them all this, they will not listen8 to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.928
Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction.10 Truth11 has perished; it has vanished from their lips.
Cut off12 your hair and throw it away; take up a lament13 on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned14 this generation that is under his wrath.
" 'The people of Judah have done evil15 in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols16 in the house that bears my Name and have defiled17 it.
They have built the high places of Topheth18 in the Valley of Ben Hinnom19 to burn their sons and daughters20 in the fire--something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.2132
So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter,22 for they will bury23 the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.
Then the carcasses24 of this people will become food25 for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.2634
I will bring an end to the sounds27 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom28 in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,29 for the land will become desolate.30