19:2 Go out to the part of the Hinnom Valley which is near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. 1 Announce there what I tell you. 2
19:6 So I, the Lord, say: 3 “The time will soon come that people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Hinnom Valley. But they will call this valley 4 the Valley of Slaughter!
1 sn The exact location of the Potsherd Gate is unknown since it is nowhere else mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. It is sometimes identified with the Dung Gate mentioned in Neh 2:13; 3:13-14; 12:31 on the basis of the Jerusalem Targum. It is probably called “Potsherd Gate” because that is where the potter threw out the broken pieces of pottery which were no longer of use to him. The Valley of Ben Hinnom has already been mentioned in 7:31-32 in connection with the illicit religious practices, including child sacrifice, which took place there. The Valley of Ben Hinnom (or sometimes Valley of Hinnom) runs along the west and south sides of Jerusalem.
2 tn Heb “the words that I will speak to you.”
4 tn Heb “it will no longer be called to this place Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom but the Valley of Slaughter.”
5 tn Heb “And Jeremiah entered from Topheth where the