“We will not give our daughters in marriage to the neighboring peoples, and we will not take their daughters in marriage for our sons.
You must not worship the Lord your God the way they do! 1 For everything that is abhorrent 2 to him, 3 everything he hates, they have done when worshiping their gods. They even burn up their sons and daughters before their gods!
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
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.”’” 1