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.