The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD,saying ,
2Arise , and go down to the potter'shouse, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.3
Then I went down to the potter'shouse, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.a4
And the vessel that he made of clayb was marred in the hand of the potter : so he made it againanothervessel, as seemedgood 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'shand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.7
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 whom I have pronounced , turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
If it doevil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,saying , Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frameevil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evilway, and make your ways and your doingsgood .
And they said , There is no hope : but we will walkafter our own devices, and we will every onedo the imagination of his evilheart.13
Therefore thus saith the LORD;Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.14
Will a man leave the snowc of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the coldflowingwaters that come from another place be forsaken ?
Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancientpaths , to walk in paths, in a way not cast up ;
To make their landdesolate, and a perpetualhissing ; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished , and wag his head.17
I will scatter them as with an eastwindbefore the enemy ; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.18
Then said they, Come , and let us devisedevices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet.Come , and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.19
Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul.Remember that I stoodbefore thee to speakgood for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle.22
Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troopsuddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hidsnares for my feet.23
Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slayd me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrownbefore thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.