You must not give any of your children as an offering to Molech, 1 so that you do not profane 2 the name of your God. I am the Lord!
If, however, the people of the land shut their eyes 1 to that man 2 when he gives some of his children to Molech so that they do not put him to death,
The king 1 ruined Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom so that no one could pass his son or his daughter through the fire to Molech. 2
I myself will set my face against that man and his clan. I will cut off from the midst of their people both him and all who follow after him in spiritual prostitution, 1 to commit prostitution by worshiping Molech. 2
Furthermore, 1 on the hill east of Jerusalem 2 Solomon built a high place 3 for the detestable Moabite god Chemosh 4 and for the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 5
“You are to say to the Israelites, ‘Any man from the Israelites or from the foreigners who reside in Israel 1 who gives any of his children 2 to Molech 3 must be put to death; the people of the land must pelt him with stones. 4
I myself will set my face 1 against that man and cut him off from the midst of his people, 2 because he has given some of his children to Molech and thereby defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. 3
Solomon worshiped 1 the Sidonian goddess Astarte and the detestable Ammonite god Milcom. 2
They built places of worship for the god Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom so that they could sacrifice their sons and daughters to the god Molech. 1 Such a disgusting practice was not something I commanded them to do! It never even entered my mind to command them to do such a thing! So Judah is certainly liable for punishment.’ 2
You take olive oil as tribute 1 to your king, 2 along with many perfumes. 3 You send your messengers to a distant place; you go all the way to Sheol. 4
I will remove 1 those who worship the stars in the sky from their rooftops, 2 those who swear allegiance to the Lord 3 while taking oaths in the name of 4 their ‘king,’ 5
I am taking the kingdom from him 1 because they have 2 abandoned me and worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte, the Moabite god Chemosh, and the Ammonite god Milcom. They have not followed my instructions 3 by doing what I approve and obeying my rules and regulations, like Solomon’s father David did. 4
The Lord spoke about the Ammonites. 1 “Do you think there are not any people of the nation of Israel remaining? Do you think there are not any of them remaining to reinherit their land? Is that why you people who worship the god Milcom 2 have taken possession of the territory of Gad and live in his cities? 3
But you took along the tabernacle 1 of Moloch 2 and the star of the 3 god Rephan, 4 the images you made to worship, but I will deport 5 you beyond Babylon.’ 6
The king ruined the high places east of Jerusalem, south of the Mount of Destruction, 1 that King Solomon of Israel had built for the detestable Sidonian goddess Astarte, the detestable Moabite god Chemosh, and the horrible Ammonite god Milcom.
Wail, you people in Heshbon, because Ai in Ammon is destroyed. Cry out in anguish, you people in the villages surrounding 1 Rabbah. Put on sackcloth and cry out in mourning. Run about covered with gashes. 2 For your god Milcom will go into exile along with his priests and officials. 3
To arouse anger, to take vengeance, I have placed her blood on an exposed rock so that it cannot be covered up.
She is disobedient; 1 she refuses correction. 2 She does not trust the Lord; she does not seek the advice of 3 her God.
He passed his son 1 through the fire 2 and practiced divination and omen reading. He set up a ritual pit to conjure up underworld spirits, and appointed magicians to supervise it. 3 He did a great amount of evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. 4
They have also built places of worship 1 in a place called Topheth 2 in the Valley of Ben Hinnom so that they can sacrifice their sons and daughters by fire. That is something I never commanded them to do! Indeed, it never even entered my mind to command such a thing! 3