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Jeremias 19

1 Thus sayth the Lord, Goe, and buy an earthen bottel of a potter, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the Priests,

2 And goe forth vnto the valley of Ben-hinnom, which is by the entrie of the East gate: and thou shalt preache there the wordes, that I shall tell thee,

3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, OBy kings here and in other places are meant counsellors and governors of the people; who he calls the ancients, (Jer_19:1).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, which whoever heareth, his ears shallRead of this phrase in (1Sa_3:11).tingle.

4 Because they haue forsaken me, and prophaned this place, and haue burnt incense in it vnto other gods, whome neyther they, nor their fathers haue knowen, nor the Kings of Iudah (they haue filled this place also with the blood of innocents,

5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire [for] burnt offerings to Baal, which IBy which is declared that whatever is not commanded by God's word concerning is service is against his word.commanded not, nor spoke [it], neither came [it] into my mind:

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be calledRead (Jer_7:31; 2Ki_23:10; Isa_30:33).Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

7 And I will bring the counsell of Iudah and Ierusalem to nought in this place, and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, & by the hand of them that seeke their liues: and their carkeises will I giue to be meate for ye foules of the heauen, and to the beastes of the fielde.

8 And I will make this citie desolate and an hissing, so that euery one that passeth thereby, shalbe astonished & hisse because of all ye plagues thereof.

9 And I will feede the with the flesh of their sonnes and with the flesh of their daughters, and euery one shall eate the flesh of his friende in the siege and straitnes, wherewith their enemies that seeke their liues, shall hold them strait.

10 Then shalt thou breake the bottell in the sight of the men that go with thee,

11 And shalt say to them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as [one] breaketh aThis visible sign was to confirm them concerning the assurance of this plague, which the Lord threatened by his prophet.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 doe vnto this place, sayth the Lorde, and to the inhabitantes thereof, and I will make this citie like Topheth.

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 theHe notes the great rage of the idolaters who left no place free from their abominations, in that they polluted their own houses with it, as we see yet among the papists.houses upon whoseRead (Deu_22:8).roofs they have burned incense to all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings to other gods.

14 Then came Ieremiah fro Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophecie, and he stood in the court of the Lordes house, and sayde to all the people,

15 Thus saith the Lorde of hostes, the God of Israel, Beholde, I will bring vpon this citie, and vpon all her townes, all the plagues that I haue pronounced against it, because they haue hardened their neckes, & would not heare my wordes.

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