29 “‘Cut off(A) your hair and throw it away; take up a lament(B) on the barren heights, for the Lord has rejected and abandoned(C) this generation that is under his wrath.

The Valley of Slaughter

30 “‘The people of Judah have done evil(D) in my eyes, declares the Lord. They have set up their detestable idols(E) in the house that bears my Name and have defiled(F) it. 31 They have built the high places of Topheth(G) in the Valley of Ben Hinnom(H) to burn their sons and daughters(I) in the fire—something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.(J) 32 So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter,(K) for they will bury(L) the dead in Topheth until there is no more room. 33 Then the carcasses(M) of this people will become food(N) for the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away.(O) 34 I will bring an end to the sounds(P) of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom(Q) in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem,(R) for the land will become desolate.(S)

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