Chapter 19

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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.

Commentary for Jeremiah 19

By the type of breaking an earthen vessel, Jeremiah is to predict the destruction of Judah.1-9 The prophet must give notice of ruin coming upon Judah and Jerusalem. Both rulers and ruled must attend to it. That place which holiness made the joy of the whole earth, sin made the reproach and shame of the whole earth. There is no fleeing from God's justice, but by fleeing to his mercy.

10-15 The potter's vessel, after it is hardened, can never be pieced again when it is broken. And as the bottle was broken, so shall Judah and Jerusalem be broken by the Chaldeans. No human hand can repair it; but if they return to the Lord he will heal. As they filled Tophet with the slain sacrificed to their idols, so will God fill the whole city with the slain that shall fall as sacrifices to his justice. Whatever men may think, God will appear as terrible against sin and sinners as the Scriptures state; nor shall the unbelief of men make his promise or his threatenings of no effect. The obstinacy of sinners in sinful ways, is their own fault; if they are deaf to the word of God, it is because they have stopped their ears. We have need to pray that God, by his grace, would deliver us from hardness of heart, and contempt of his word and commandments.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 19

  • Mark valesano on Jeremiah 19
    God's greatest gifts to mankind are as follows: life, choice, salvation. That's the correct sequence as well. For those confused on God's perspective toward those who choose to reject Him, may I remind you that nowhere in His Word do I read that He laments or regrets casting out Lucifer and the third of His God angels who followed him in rebellion. Compassionate God? Yes. Jealous God? Yes. Holy and righteous God? Absolutely!
  • Sharon on Jeremiah 19
    To Irene 123 and Lu2677 you are both right, according to the bible. But we must remember God loves the sinner, but he hates sin. Jesus died to take our sins away. God is not going against his people, but they chose to go against God word, and become an God enemy. The people refuse to return to god in repentance and seek forgiveness. Therefore, God punishment is their reward for their sins of evil
  • Janice Brown - in Reply on Jeremiah 19
    God didn t make them eat there Children s! What they was serving made them eat there Children s! Remember when Christ was on the cross ! Some sins are so bad Teal God turns his head. We as a people! Want what we want ! Even though we been warned ! I have heard men say or theologian say ! We are little God s ! Some humans always try to find away to use God s words and promises against God !
  • Irene123 on Jeremiah 19
    Rosie - To you with Jesus love, please believe that: YOU cannot increase your faith; Jesus has to do it, by our attending services together with others of like mind. Heb. 10:25; Rom. 10:8 THROUGH 14, taking NOTE of vs. 13
  • Irene123 on Jeremiah 19
    I just looked up 'son of Hinnom' in Easton's Bible dict.; it was a deep 'ravine', right close to Solomon's Temple, used to make their (idolatrus Jews) children to pass through the fire to Molech, Baal, Chemosh, whatever god they were worshipping at the time.
  • Lu2677 on Jeremiah 19
    Irene 123, Read my post again please. I did not say you used Jeremiah 19:9, I am using it and I asked you if you thought he made him eat their children because he hated them? The CONTEXT of this verse is that God's wrath was on them. And I do not see "had no food" in this chapter. So, can you accept correction that He does hate sinners? V.9"I will cause them to eat the flesh of their children.
  • Irene123 on Jeremiah 19
    LU2677 - I couldn't find the verse you said I used; I even went to Jer. 19 back pgs., but there's nothing there. This chap. tho' is referring to the Babylonian captivity. The siege of Jerusalem caused such a food shortage that the Israelites were eating their children. But, you have to realize - they were FAR from God. They had been worshipping Baal for yrs. and sacrificing their kids to him.
  • Lu2677 on Jeremiah 19
    Irene, In previous post I said,"More verse to prove I'm wrong"That sounds vain, I repent. I will accept God's word for correction. I will surely repent when his word shows that I have erred. I believe all of his word is holy scripture; Truth.
  • Lu2677 on Jeremiah 19
    I.123Jeremiah19:9,I answered yours,please answer mine.Can you say that what God did in this verse shows that he hated them?Can you say all the destruction that God will bring to all the sinners when it's all over and this earth is destroyed is because He hates them? A simple yes or no is all I'm asking for.More verse to prove I'm wrong only proves you do not believe God. And He is listening. Amen
  • Rosie on Jeremiah 19
    Indeed GOD has never changed his laws (commandments) they have and will remain the same always. I do believe like Dee that our disobedience is in this current era. I am trying so hard to be better at making my faith stronger


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What does the Lord say the valley of the son of Hinnom will henceforth be known as?
  • The valley of sin
  • The valley of slaughter
  • The valley of Baal
  • The valley of indecision