Jeremiah received the LORD's word:
Go down to the potter's house, and I'll give you instructions about what to do there.
So I went down to the potter's house; he was working on the potter's wheel.
But the piece he was making was flawed while still in his hands, so the potter started on another, as seemed best to him.
Then the LORD's word came to me:
House of Israel, can't I deal with you like this potter, declares the LORD? Like clay in the potter's hand, so are you in mine, house of Israel!
At any time I may announce that I will dig up, pull down, and destroy a nation or kingdom;
but if that nation I warned turns from its evil, then I'll relent and not carry out the harm I intended for it.
At the same time, I may announce that I will build and plant a nation or kingdom;
but if that nation displeases and disobeys me, then I'll relent and not carry out the good I intended for it.