Hinnom (Hin´uhm)

Valley of, a valley known also as the “Valley of the Son [or Sons] of Hinnom.” It was probably the Wadi er-Rababi, beginning west of Jerusalem near the present Jaffa Gate, and curving around south of the Old City to join the Kidron Valley. It was entered from the Potsherd Gate (Jer 19:2; Jer 19:6), and formed part of the boundary between Judah and Benjamin (Josh 15:8; Josh 18:16; Neh 11:30). It is notorious in the OT as the scene of much idolatry, including the sacrifice of children, especially under Ahaz and Manasseh (mid-eighth to mid-seventh century BCE) and again in Jeremiah’s day (Jer 7:30-34; Jer 32:35), despite the abolition of such practices by Josiah (2Kgs 23:10). Such evil associations caused its Greek name, Gehenna, to be identified with hell (Matt 5:22; Matt 5:29; Matt 23:15; Matt 23:33; Mark 9:43; Mark 9:47; Jas 3:6).

Jer 19:2

2and go out to the valley of the son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you.

Jer 19:6

6Therefore the days are surely coming, says the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of Sla ... View more

Josh 15:8

8then the boundary goes up by the valley of the son of Hinnom at the southern slope of the Jebusites (that is, Jerusalem); and the boundary goes up to the top o ... View more

Josh 18:16

16then the boundary goes down to the border of the mountain that overlooks the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is at the north end of the valley of Rephaim; ... View more

Neh 11:30

30Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, and Azekah and its villages. So they camped from Beer-sheba to the valley of Hinnom.

Jer 7:30-34

30For the people of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the Lord; they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, defiling it.31And ... View more

Jer 32:35

35They built the high places of Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did ... View more

2Kgs 23:10

10He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of Ben-hinnom, so that no one would make a son or a daughter pass through fire as an offering to Molech.

Matt 5:22

22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to ... View more

Matt 5:29

29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown int ... View more

Matt 23:15

15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell ... View more

Matt 23:33

33You snakes, you brood of vipers! How can you escape being sentenced to hell?

Mark 9:43

43If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

Mark 9:47

47And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into ... View more

Jas 3:6

6And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is its ... View more

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