The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
"Go down to the shop where clay pots and jars are made. I will speak to you while you are there."
So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.
But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so the potter squashed the jar into a lump of clay and started again.
Then the LORD gave me this message:
"O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand.
If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed,
but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.
And if I announce that I will build up and plant a certain nation or kingdom, making it strong and great,
but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless that nation as I had said I would.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)