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Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 19

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah - Chapter 19

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Chapter 19

1So said the Lord: Go and buy a potter's earthen jug, and [take] along some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests.   אכֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה הָלֹךְ וְקָנִיתָ בַקְבֻּק יוֹצֵר חָרֶשׂ וּמִזִּקְנֵי הָעָם וּמִזִּקְנֵי הַכֹּהֲנִים:
a jug: Heb. בַּקְבֻּק.  
potter’s earthen: That is to say, of a potter, which is of earthenware.  
and some of the elders of the people: take along with you.“And of the elders of the people” refers back to ‘Go,’ and some of the elders of the people with you.  
2And you shall go out to the Ben- Hinnom Valley which is at the entrance of the Harsith Gate, and you shall call there the words that I will speak to you.   בוְיָצָאתָ אֶל גֵּיא בֶן הִנֹּם אֲשֶׁר פֶּתַח שַׁעַר הַחַרְסִית (כתיב הַחַרְסִות) וְקָרָאתָ שָּׁם אֶת הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר אֲדַבֵּר אֵלֶיךָ:
the Harsith Gate: The Dung Gate, where broken pottery is cast, and Jonathan rendered in this manner תְרַע קִלְקַלְתָּא.  
3And you shall say; Hearken to the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; so said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Behold I am bringing evil upon this place, which whoever hears, his ears will tingle.   גוְאָמַרְתָּ שִׁמְעוּ דְבַר יְהֹוָה מַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה וְיֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם כֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הִנְנִי מֵבִיא רָעָה עַל הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר כָּל שֹׁמְעָהּ תִּצַּלְנָה אָזְנָיו:
his ears will tingle: (tinter in French), an expression similar to “cymbals” (מְצִלְתַּיִם) (Neh. 12:27), “with loud sounding cymbals (בְּצִלְצְלֵי ֹשָמַע) ” (Psalms 150:5).  
4Because they forsook Me and they estranged this place and burnt incense therein to other gods, which they had not known, they, their forefathers, and the kings of Judah, and they filled this place with the blood of innocent people.   דיַעַן | אֲשֶׁר עֲזָבֻנִי וַיְנַכְּרוּ אֶת הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וַיְקַטְּרוּ בוֹ לֵאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים אֲשֶׁר לֹא יְדָעוּם הֵמָּה וַאֲבוֹתֵיהֶם וּמַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה וּמָלְאוּ אֶת הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה דַּם נְקִיִּם:
and they estranged: They made it strange before Me.  
5And they built the high places of Baal to burn their children with fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command, neither did I speak nor did it enter My mind.   הוּבָנוּ אֶת בָּמוֹת הַבַּעַל לִשְׂרֹף אֶת בְּנֵיהֶם בָּאֵשׁ עֹלוֹת לַבָּעַל אֲשֶׁר לֹא צִוִּיתִי וְלֹא דִבַּרְתִּי וְלֹא עָלְתָה עַל לִבִּי:
6Therefore, behold days are coming, says the Lord, when this place will no longer be called Topheth or Ben-Hinnom Valley, but the Valley of Slaughter.   ולָכֵן הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים נְאֻם יְהֹוָה וְלֹא יִקָּרֵא לַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה עוֹד הַתֹּפֶת וְגֵיא בֶן הִנֹּם כִּי אִם גֵּיא הַהֲרֵגָה:
7And I will frustrate the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will hurl them down by the sword before their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives, and I will give their carcasses for food to the fowl of the heavens and to the beasts of the earth.   זוּבַקֹּתִי אֶת עֲצַת יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִַם בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וְהִפַּלְתִּים בַּחֶרֶב לִפְנֵי אֹיְבֵיהֶם וּבְיַד מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשָׁם וְנָתַתִּי אֶת נִבְלָתָם לְמַאֲכָל לְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְבֶהֱמַת הָאָרֶץ:
And I will frustrate: and I will empty, an expression similar to (Nahum 2:11), “She is empty and void וּמְבוּקָה) (בּוּקָה,” and because of the jug (בַּקְבֻּק) about which he is speaking, he adopted this expression.  
the straits: An expression of pain, like צוקה.  
8And I will make this city into a waste and a hissing; everyone who passes by it shall be astonished and hiss concerning all her plagues.   חוְשַׂמְתִּי אֶת הָעִיר הַזֹּאת לְשַׁמָּה וְלִשְׁרֵקָה כֹּל עֹבֵר עָלֶיהָ יִשֹּׁם וְיִשְׁרֹק עַל כָּל מַכֹּתֶהָ:
9And I will feed them the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and each one will eat the flesh of his friend, in the siege and the straits that their enemies and those who seek their lives will inflict upon them.   טוְהַאֲכַלְתִּים אֶת בְּשַׂר בְּנֵיהֶם וְאֵת בְּשַׂר בְּנֹתֵיהֶם וְאִישׁ בְּשַׂר רֵעֵהוּ יֹאכֵלוּ בְּמָצוֹר וּבְמָצוֹק אֲשֶׁר יָצִיקוּ לָהֶם אֹיְבֵיהֶם וּמְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשָׁם:
10And you shall break the jug before the eyes of the men who go with you.   יוְשָׁבַרְתָּ הַבַּקְבֻּק לְעֵינֵי הָאֲנָשִׁים הַהֹלְכִים אוֹתָךְ:
11And you shall say to them: so said the Lord of Hosts: so will I break this people and this city, as one breaks the potter's vessel, which can no longer be repaired, and in the Topheth they will bury without place to bury.   יאוְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה אָמַר | יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת כָּכָה אֶשְׁבֹּר אֶת הָעָם הַזֶּה וְאֶת הָעִיר הַזֹּאת כַּאֲשֶׁר יִשְׁבֹּר אֶת כְּלִי הַיּוֹצֵר אֲשֶׁר לֹא יוּכַל לְהֵרָפֵה עוֹד וּבְתֹפֶת יִקְבְּרוּ מֵאֵין מָקוֹם לִקְבּוֹר:
[which can no longer be repaired: This refers to the people, but the city I will make like the Topheth and purify it in the future.]  
12So will I do to this place, says the Lord, and to its inhabitants, and to make this city like the Topheth.   יבכֵּן אֶעֱשֶׂה לַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה נְאֻם יְהֹוָה וּלְיוֹשְׁבָיו וְלָתֵת אֶת הָעִיר הַזֹּאת כְּתֹפֶת:
this city like the Topheth: All of it will be full of the slain just as the Topheth, where they slay the children for Molech.  
13And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be like the place of the Topheth, the unclean ones, of all the houses on whose roofs they offered up incense to all the host of heaven and poured libations to other gods.   יגוְהָיוּ בָּתֵּי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וּבָתֵּי מַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה כִּמְקוֹם הַתֹּפֶת הַטְּמֵאִים לְכֹל הַבָּתִּים אֲשֶׁר קִטְּרוּ עַל גַּגֹּתֵיהֶם לְכֹל צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהַסֵּךְ נְסָכִים לֵאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים:
14And Jeremiah came from the Topheth where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and he stood in the court of the house of the Lord and said to all the people.   ידוַיָּבֹא יִרְמְיָהוּ מֵהַתֹּפֶת אֲשֶׁר שְׁלָחוֹ יְהֹוָה שָׁם לְהִנָּבֵא וַיַּעֲמֹד בַּחֲצַר בֵּית יְהֹוָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל כָּל הָעָם:
15So said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all her cities all this evil that I spoke concerning her, for they stiffened their necks not to hearken to My words.   טוכֹּה אָמַר יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הִנְנִי מֵבִיא (כתיב מֵבִי) אֶל הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וְעַל כָּל עָרֶיהָ אֵת כָּל הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי עָלֶיהָ כִּי הִקְשׁוּ אֶת עָרְפָּם לְבִלְתִּי שְׁמוֹעַ אֶת דְּבָרָי:
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