The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make [it].
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter's hand, so [are] ye in my hand, O house of Israel.
[At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it];
If that nation against which I have pronounced, shall turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.
And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it];
If it shall do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, with which I said I would benefit them.