1 Thus saith Yahweh, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;

-The kind of bottle mentioned in this passage, Bakbook, takes its name from the gurgling sound (bakbook) which it makes in pouring out its contents. It is evidently the ordinary narrow-necked vessel of common dull, red earthenware, now used for drinking purposes by the fellahheen, and which in pouring out makes just this gurgling noise.

2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,

The gate mentioned cannot be "the East or Sun-gate," as in our version, for this valley looks south, but must be "the Pottery Gate" as Gesenius has shown. See the rendering in the margin of the Revised Version.-Ibid.