NASB — Jeremiah 19 — KJV

The Broken Jar

1 Thus says the LORD, “Go and buy a apotter’s earthenware bjar, and [take] some of the celders of the people and some of the Idsenior priests. 2 Then go out to the avalley of Ben-hinnom, which is by the entrance of the potsherd gate, and bproclaim there the words that I tell you, 3 and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O akings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold I am about to bring a bcalamity upon this place, at which the cears of everyone that hears of it will tingle. 4 Because they have aforsaken Me and have bmade this an alien place and have burned Isacrifices in it to cother gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had [ever] known, and [because] they have filled this place with the dblood of the innocent 5 and have built the ahigh places of Baal to burn their bsons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it [ever] enter My Imind; 6 therefore, behold, adays are coming,” declares the LORD, “when this place will no longer be called bTopheth or cthe valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter. 7 I will amake void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and bI will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hand of those who seek their life; and I will give over their ccarcasses as food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. 8 I will also make this city a adesolation and an [object of] hissing; beveryone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its Idisasters. 9 I will make them aeat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat one another’s flesh in the siege and in the distress with which their enemies and those who seek their life will distress them.”’

[1] IOr elders of aJr 18:2 bJr 19:10 cNu 11:16 d2K 19:2; Ezk 8:11
[2] aJsh 15:8; 2K 23:10; Jr 7:31, 32; 32:35 bPv 1:20
[3] aJr 17:20 bJr 6:19; 19:15 c1S 3:11
[4] IOr incense aDt 28:20; Is 65:11; Jr 2:13, 17, 19; 17:13 bEzk 7:22; Dn 11:31 cJr 7:9; 11:13 d2K 21:6, 16; Jr 2:34; 7:6
[5] ILit heart aNu 22:41; Jr 32:35 bLv 18:21; 2K 17:17; Ps 106:37, 38
[6] aJr 7:32 bIs 30:33 cJsh 15:8
[7] aPs 33:10, 11; Is 28:17, 18; Jr 8:8, 9 bLv 26:17; Dt 28:25; Jr 15:2, 9 cPs 79:2; Jr 16:4
[8] ILit blows aJr 18:16; 49:13; 50:13 b1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:21
[9] aLv 26:29; Dt 28:53, 55; Is 9:20; Lm 4:10; Ezk 5:10

10 ¶ “Then you are to break the ajar in the sight of the men who accompany you 11 and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Just so will I abreak this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bbury in Topheth Ibecause there is no [other] place for burial. 12 This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,” declares the LORD, “so as to make this city like Topheth. 13 The ahouses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will be bdefiled like the place Topheth, because of all the chouses on whose rooftops they burned Isacrifices to dall the heavenly host and epoured out drink offerings to other gods.”’”

[10] aJr 19:1
[11] IOr until there is no place left to bury aPs 2:9; Is 30:14; Lm 4:2; Rv 2:27 bJr 7:32
[13] IOr incense aJr 52:13 b2K 23:10; Ps 74:7; 79:1; Ezk 7:21, 22 cJr 32:29; Zp 1:5 dDt 4:19; 2K 17:16; Jr 8:2 eJr 7:18; 44:18; Ezk 20:28

14 ¶ Then Jeremiah came from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the acourt of the LORDS house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have astiffened their necks so bas not to heed My words.’”

[14] a2Ch 20:5; Jr 26:2
[15] aNe 9:17, 29; Jr 7:26; 17:23 bPs 58:4


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Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel is foreshewed the desolation of the Jews for their sins.

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.

[1] Nu 11:16; 1Ch 24:4; Is 30:14; Jr 18:2; 19:10; 26:17; 32:14; Lm 4:2; Ezk 8:11; 9:6; Mt 26:3; 27:1, 41; Ac 4:5; 2Co 4:7.
[2] Jsh 15:8; 2K 23:10; 2Ch 28:3; 33:6; Ne 3:29; Pv 1:20; Jr 1:7; 3:12; 7:2, 31; 11:6; 26:2; 32:35; Ezk 3:10; Jna 3:2; Mt 10:27; Ac 5:20; 20:27.
[3] 1S 3:11; 4:16; 2K 21:12; Ps 2:10; 102:15; 110:5; Is 28:19; Jr 13:18; 17:20; Mt 10:18; Rv 2:29.
[4] Dt 13:6, 13; 28:20, 36, 64; 31:16; 32:15, 17; 2K 21:4, 6, 7, 16; 22:16; 23:11; 24:4; 2Ch 33:4; Is 59:7; 65:11; Jr 2:13, 17, 19, 30, 34; 5:6; 7:9, 31; 11:13; 15:6; 16:11; 17:13; 18:15; 22:17; 26:15, 23; 32:29; Lm 4:13; Dn 9:5; Mt 23:34; Lk 11:50; Rv 16:6.
[5] Lv 18:21; Nu 22:41; Dt 12:31; 2K 17:17; 2Ch 28:3; Ps 106:37; Jr 7:31; 32:35; Ezk 16:20; 20:26; 38:10; Dn 2:29.
[6] Jsh 15:8; Is 30:33; Jr 7:32; 19:2, 11.
[7] Lv 26:17; Dt 28:25, 26; Jb 5:12; Ps 33:10; 79:2; Pv 21:30; Is 8:10; 28:17; 30:1; Jr 7:33; 8:2; 9:21, 22; 15:2, 9; 16:4; 18:21; 22:19, 25; 34:20; 46:26; Lm 3:37; Ro 3:31; 4:14; Rv 19:18.
[8] Lv 26:32; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:20; Jr 9:9; 18:16; 25:18; 49:13; 50:13; Lm 2:15; Zp 2:15.
[9] Lv 26:29; Dt 28:53; 2K 6:26; Is 9:20; Lm 2:20; 4:10; Ezk 5:10.
[10] Jr 48:12; 51:63.
[11] Ps 2:9; Is 30:14; Jr 7:31; 13:14; 19:6; Lm 4:2; Rv 2:27.
[12] Jr 10:13; 11:5.
[13] 2K 23:10, 12, 14; Ps 74:7; 79:1; Jr 7:18; 32:29; Ezk 7:21; Zp 1:5.
[14] 2Ch 20:5; 24:20; Jr 17:19; 19:2; 26:2; Lk 21:37; Ac 5:20.
[15] 2Ch 36:16; Ne 9:17, 29; Ps 58:2; Jr 7:26; 17:23; 35:15; Zc 7:11; Ac 7:51.


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