But they did not listen to me or pay attention.1 They were stiff-necked2 and did more evil than their forefathers.'327
"When you tell4 them all this, they will not listen5 to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.628
Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction.7 Truth8 has perished; it has vanished from their lips.
Cut off9 your hair and throw it away; take up a lament10 on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned11 this generation that is under his wrath.
" 'The people of Judah have done evil12 in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols13 in the house that bears my Name and have defiled14 it.
They have built the high places of Topheth15 in the Valley of Ben Hinnom16 to burn their sons and daughters17 in the fire--something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.1832
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,19 for they will bury20 the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.
Then the carcasses21 of this people will become food22 for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.2334
I will bring an end to the sounds24 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom25 in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,26 for the land will become desolate.27