Jeremiah 18:1-10 (English Standard Version)

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The Potter and the Clay

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 "Arise, and go down to 1the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." 3 So I went down to 2the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 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. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 "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. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will 7pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 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. 9 And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will 10build and plant it, 10 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.
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