Jeremiah 19:8

Hebrew Bible

6 So I, the Lord, say: ‘The time will soon come that people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Hinnom Valley. But they will call this valley the Valley of Slaughter! 7 In this place I will thwart the plans of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. I will deliver them over to the power of their enemies who are seeking to kill them. They will die by the sword at the hands of their enemies. I will make their dead bodies food for the birds and wild beasts to eat. 8 I will make this city an object of horror, a thing to be hissed at. All who pass by it will be filled with horror and will hiss out their scorn because of all the disasters that have happened to it. 9 I will reduce the people of this city to desperate straits during the siege imposed on it by their enemies who are seeking to kill them. I will make them so desperate that they will eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters and the flesh of one another.”’”’ 10 The Lord continued, “Now break the jar in front of those who have come here with you.

Zephaniah 2:15

Hebrew Bible

13 The Lord will attack the north and destroy Assyria. He will make Nineveh a heap of ruins; it will be as barren as the desert. 14 Flocks and herds will lie down in the middle of it, as well as every kind of wild animal. Owls will sleep in the tops of its support pillars; they will hoot through the windows. Rubble will cover the thresholds; even the cedar work will be exposed to the elements. 15 This is how the once-proud city will end up—the city that was so secure. She thought to herself, “I am unique! No one can compare to me!” What a heap of ruins she has become, a place where wild animals live! Everyone who passes by her taunts her and shakes his fist.

 Notes and References

"... Both parts of Huldah’s oracle presuppose foregoing action in the account of Josiah’s reign. Huldah, for example, refers to the imprecations detailed in the newly-found book of the Torah. Moreover, Josiah sends his delegation to the prophetess because “great is the wrath of YHWH that is kindled against us” because the “fathers” did not abide by the terms of the book (2 Kings 22:13; 2 Chronicles 34:21). YHWH’s kindled wrath is central to the result forecast in Huldah’s words against Judah. Similarly, on hearing the book, Josiah rends his garments (2 Kings 22:11; 2 Chronicles 34:19) and seeks a prophecy: it is this manifestation of concern that triggers YHWH’s oracle of “weal” to the king. (The reference to Josiah’s abasement at YHWH’s words of doom can of course refer to the curses of Deuteronomy, rather than to the first part of Huldah’s own oracle. While 1 Kings 22:19 mentions Judah’s transformation into a proverbial wasteland, such language is present, e.g., in Deuteronomy 28:37 ... The sentiment of this expression is more common in Jeremiah 18:16, 19:8, 24:9, 25:9, 11, 18, 29:18, 42:18, 44:12, 22, 49:13, 51:37 and is picked up in 2 Chronicles 7:20, 29:8, 30:7 and 1 Kings 9:7–8, with an antecedent in Micah 6:16. Compare also Zephaniah 2:15; Lamentations 2:15, 16; Jeremiah 49:17 and the context in Jeremiah 19:8, 49:17) ..."

Halpern, Baruch, and Matthew J. Adams From Gods to God: The Dynamics of Iron Age Cosmologies (p. 319) Mohr Siebeck, 2009

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