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Jeremiah 19

By the type of breaking an earthen vessel, Jeremiah is to predict the destruction of Judah.

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By the type of breaking an earthen vessel, Jeremiah is to predict the destruction of Judah

1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;

2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,

3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.

4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;

5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,

11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.

12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:

13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.

14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD’s house; and said to all the people,

15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Priests. They were to furnish the vessel, and accompany the prophets. v. 10. Sept. “and thou shalt take some of,” &c. H. — Words and actions together instruct most powerfully. S. Jer. W.

Ver. 2. Gate, which must have been to the south-east of Jerusalem, leading to the valley. C. — Sept. “Charseith gate.” H. — Here the common people were buried, after the reign of Josias, who contaminated the place where the idol Moloc had been adored.

Ver. 3. Tingle, as if he had heard a sudden noise or clap of thunder. C.

Ver. 4. Profaned. Lit. “rendered strange.” H. — I have no farther regard for it. — Innocents: their own children. v. 5. C. vii. 31.

Ver. 5. Mind. Perhaps the people stupidly thought thus to honour him; but God pointedly condemns such sacrifices.

Ver. 6. Valley. Sept. “burial-place of slaughter.” v. 2. Here the Chaldees slew many.

Ver. 9. Sons, to punish them for their cruel sacrifices. S. Jer. — This was verified under Sedecias. Lam. ii. 10. and iv. 10. Ezec. v. 10.

Ver. 11. Again. The captives indeed returned, so that this must not be urged too much. C. — Yet the Romans strictly fulfilled this prophecy, (S. Jer. Sanctius) and the city was built in another place, and styled Ælia. H. — God can perform what is impossible to man. C. xviii. 3. Mat. xix. W.

Ver. 13. Topheth. This sentence was not in S. Jerom’s Hebrew copy, but in the Sept. (C.) with some variations: (H.) “All the houses of the kings of Juda, like the place of Topheth,” is added by the Sept. S. Jer. — In Grabe they agree with the present Heb. and Chal. only rendering, “shall be as a place in ruin, for the defilements in all,” &c. H. — Of heaven: the moon, &c. 4 K. xxiii. 12. Josias could not entirely root out this impiety. C. xxxii. 29. His wicked son Joachaz or Sellum, was probably now on the throne, when the prophet went to the potter, &c. C. xviii. to xxi.

Ver. 14. People. Many still resorted to the temple. C.