This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."
So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the LORD came to me.
He said, "Can I not do with you, house of Israel, as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay1 in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,2 house of Israel.
If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted,3 torn down and destroyed,
and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent4 and not inflict on it the disaster5 I had planned.
And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built6 up and planted,
and if it does evil7 in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider8 the good I had intended to do for it.9