10 He defiled Topheth,(A) which is in Ben Hinnom Valley,(B) so that no one could sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire[a](C) to Molech.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 23:10 Lit could make his son or daughter pass through the fire

“‘Therefore, look, the days are coming(A)—this is the Lord’s declaration—when this place will no longer be called Topheth and Ben Hinnom Valley, but Slaughter Valley.(B)

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11 and you are to proclaim to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Armies says: I will shatter these people and this city, like one shatters a potter’s jar that can never again be mended. They will bury the dead in Topheth because there is no other place for burials.(A) 12 That is what I will do to this place—this is the declaration of the Lord—and to its residents, making this city like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth—all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to all the stars in the sky(B) and poured out drink offerings to other gods.’”

14 Jeremiah returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, stood in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple,(C) and proclaimed to all the people,

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