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 (tō′fĕt′, -fĭt)
1. In the Bible, a place outside Jerusalem where the Canaanites offered children as sacrifices to Moloch.
2. The place where wicked souls are punished after death; Hell.

[Middle English, from Hebrew tōpet; see wtp in Semitic roots.]


(ˈtəʊfɛt) or


(Bible) Old Testament a place in the valley immediately to the southwest of Jerusalem; the Shrine of Moloch, where human sacrifices were offered
[from Hebrew Tōpheth]


or To•pheth

(ˈtoʊ fɪt, -fɛt)

1. (in the Bible) a place near Jerusalem where children were offered as sacrifices to Moloch.
2. the place of punishment for the wicked after death; hell.
[1350–1400; Middle English « Hebrew tōpheth a place name]
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And they have built the shrines of Topheth in the Valley of Benhinnom to burn their sons and daughters in fire--which I never commanded, which never came to My mind.
Blake's phrasing relates to the Hill of Giants as clarified by Joshua (15:8), for "the valley of the son of Hinnom [which means hell], the hill of Topheth [which means furnace] .