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Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel is foreshewn the
desolation of the Jews for their sins committed in the valley
of Hinnom, and elsewhere, ver. 1 - 15.
4: This place - Either this city, or this valley, which they had
turned to an use quite contrary to the end for which God gave it them.
5: To burn - This and the following verse, contain another great sin
of this people, with the punishment which God proportions to it. The sin
in the general was idolatry, but a most barbarous species of it, mentioned
also (Jer 7:31,32:35), where it is said, they made their sons and their
daughters pass thro' the fire to Molech; the place where they did it is
called Tophet, ver.(Jer 19:6), of which also mention is made,(Isa 30:33).
Baal and Molech, signify the same thing; Baal signifies a
Lord, Molech a King. Both Baal and Molech seem common
names to all idols.
7: In this place - In this place, among others, I will make void all
the counsels that the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
have taken to escape my righteous judgments.
12: As Tophet - That is, a place of slaughter and burials.
14: Then - Jeremiah had now dispatched the errand upon which God
had sent him to Tophet, coming back by God's direction, he stands in
the court, which was common to all people, where the most might hear.