Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction.1 Truth2 has perished; it has vanished from their lips.
Cut off3 your hair and throw it away; take up a lament4 on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned5 this generation that is under his wrath.
" 'The people of Judah have done evil6 in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols7 in the house that bears my Name and have defiled8 it.
They have built the high places of Topheth9 in the Valley of Ben Hinnom10 to burn their sons and daughters11 in the fire--something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.1232
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,13 for they will bury14 the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.
Then the carcasses15 of this people will become food16 for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.1734
I will bring an end to the sounds18 of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom19 in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,20 for the land will become desolate.21