The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"Arise, and go down to 1the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words."
So I went down to 2the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel.
And the vessel he was making of clay was 3spoiled in the potter's hand, and 4he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
"O house of Israel, 5can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. 6Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will 7pluck up and break down and destroy it,
and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, 8turns from its evil, 9I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.
And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will 10build and plant it,
and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.