Jeremiah 7:34

Hebrew Bible

32 So, watch out!” says the Lord. “The time will soon come when people will no longer call those places Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom. But they will call that valley the Valley of Slaughter, and they will bury so many people in Topheth that they will run out of room. 33 Then the dead bodies of these people will be left on the ground for the birds and wild animals to eat. There will not be any survivors to scare them away. 34 I will put an end to the sounds of joy and gladness or the glad celebration of brides and grooms throughout the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem. For the whole land will become a desolate wasteland.

Baruch 2:23


21 Thus says the Lord: Bend your shoulders and serve the king of Babylon, and you will remain in the land that I gave to your ancestors. 22 But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord and will not serve the king of Babylon, 23 I will make to cease from the towns of Judah and from the region around Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, and the whole land will be a desolation without inhabitants. 24 But we did not obey your voice, to serve the king of Babylon; and you have carried out your threats, which you spoke by your servants the prophets, that the bones of our kings and the bones of our ancestors would be brought out of their resting place; 25 and indeed they have been thrown out to the heat of day and the frost of night. They perished in great misery, by famine and sword and pestilence.

 Notes and References

"... Baruch 2:20-23 ... Although there is an explicit reference to the prophets, which prophet(s) Baruch is intending is obscure. However, upon closer inspection Baruch seems to be only paraphrasing one prophet, Jeremiah. For example, Zink claims that Baruch combines Jeremiah 27:11‐14 and 7:34 to form this passage. Moore follows by affirming the references of Jeremiah 27:11‐12 and 7:34, but also adds Jeremiah 16:9; 33:10‐11. Stanley endorses the identification of Jeremiah 27:11‐14, but challenges the reference of 7:34, seeing instead Jeremiah 33:10‐11 and 34:22b. Recently, Večho has attempted to advance our understanding and agrees that this “quotation” is drawn from Jeremiah. However, she identifies a much larger number of parallel texts claiming that Baruch has drawn from every part of Jeremiah. This strong emphasis on Jeremiah reinforces the Jeremianic perspective developed in this section and strengthens the ties between Jeremiah and Baruch ..."

Adams, Sean A. "Reframing Scripture: A Fresh Look at Baruch's So-Called 'Citations'" in Xeravits, Géza G., et al. (eds.) Scriptural Authority in Early Judaism and Ancient Christianity (pp. 63-83) De Gruyter, 2013

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