Under the type of breaking a potter's vessel is foreshewed the desolation of the Jews for their sins.
Jeremiah 19:1 Thus said Yahweh, Go and buy a potter's earthen bottle,and [take] of the elders of the people, and of the elders of the priests; Jeremiah 19:2 Then shalt thou go forth into the valley of Ben-hinnom, which is at the opening of the gate of potsherds; and proclaim there, the words which I shall speak unto thee; Jeremiah 19:3 and shalt say,Hear ye the word of Yahweh, O kings of Judah, And inhabitants of Jerusalem,Thus, saith Yahweh of hostsGod of Israel, Behold me! bringing in calamity upon this place, which shall cause the ears of, every one that heareth it, to tingle: Jeremiah 19:4 Because they have forsaken me, And have treated this as a foreign place, And have burned incense therein to other, gods, which, neither they, nor their fathers, nor the kings of Judah, have known; And have filled this place with the blood of innocents; Jeremiah 19:5 And have built the high places of Baal, for burning up their sons in the fire, as ascending-sacrifices to Baal,Which I commanded not, Nor spake, Neither came it up on my heart, Jeremiah 19:6 Therefore, lo! days coming, Declareth Yahweh, When this place shall be called no longer, The Topheth, or, The Valley of Ben-hinnom,butThe Valley of Slaughter; Jeremiah 19:7 And I will pour out the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem, in this place, And I will cause them to fall by the sword, before their enemies, and by the hand of them who seek their life, Jeremiah 19:8 And I will give their dead bodies, for food, to the bird of the heavens, and to the beast of the earth; And I will make this city a desolation, and a hissing,every one that passeth by it, shall be astonished and hiss, over all her wounds; Jeremiah 19:9 And I will suffer them to eat the flesh of their sons, and the flesh of their daughters, yea, every onethe flesh of his friend, will they eat,in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith, their enemies, and they who seek their lives, will straiten them. Jeremiah 19:10 Then shalt thou break the bottle, before the eyes of the men who are walking with thee; Jeremiah 19:11 and shalt say unto themThus, saith Yahweh of hostsThus and thus, will I break this people, and this city, As one breaketh the vessel of a potter, which cannot be made whole any more,And, in Topheth, shall they bury, for want of place to bury. Jeremiah 19:12 Thus, will I do to this place, Declareth Yahweh, And to the inhabitants thereof,Even making this city like Topheth: Jeremiah 19:13 Yea, the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall, like the place of Topheth, be places defiled,even all the houses, upon whose roofs they burned incense, to all the host of the heavens, and poured out drink-offerings to other, gods. Jeremiah 19:14 Then entered Jeremiah out of Topheth, whither Yahweh had sent him to prophesy,and stood in the court of the house of Yahweh, and said unto all the people: Jeremiah 19:15 Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel, Behold me! brining in against this city, and upon all the cities thereof, The whole calamity, which I have pronounced against her,Because they stiffened their neck, that they might not hear my words.