The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORDsaying,
2"Arise and 1godown to the potter'shouse, and there I will announce My words to you."
Then I wentdown to the potter'shouse, and there he was, makingsomething on the awheel.
But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter ; so he remade it into anothervessel, as it pleased the potter to make.
Then the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
6"Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as thispotter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the 2clay in the potter'shand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
"At one moment I might speakconcerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to 3uproot, to pulldown, or to destroy it;
84if that nationagainstwhich I have spokenturns from its evil, I will b5relentconcerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.
"Or at another moment I might speakconcerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to 6build up or to plant it;
if it does7evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will c8thinkbetter of the good with which I had promised to dbless it.
"So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalemsaying, 'Thussays the LORD, "Behold, I am 9fashioningcalamityagainst you and devising a planagainst you. Oh10turnback, each of you from his evilway, and ereform your ways and your deeds."'
"But 11they will say, 'It's hopeless ! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the 12stubbornness of his evilheart.'
13"Thereforethussays the LORD, '13Asknow among the nations, Who ever heard the like of fthis ? The 14virgin of Israel Has done a most15appallingthing.
'Does the snow of Lebanonforsake the rock of the open country ? Or is the coldflowingwater from a foreign land ever snatchedaway ?
'For 16My people have forgotten Me, 17They burnincensegto worthless gods And they hhave stumbledifrom their ways, jFrom the 18ancientpaths, To walk in bypaths, Not on a 19highway ,
To make their land a 20desolation, An object of perpetual21hissing ; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And 22shake his head.
'Like an 23eastwind I will 24scatter them Before the enemy ; I will kshow them 25My back and not My face26In the day of their calamity.' "
Then they said, "Come and let us 27deviseplansagainstJeremiah. Surely the 28law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor29counsel to the sage, nor the divine 30word to the prophet ! Come on and let us 31strike at him with our tongue, and let us 32givenoheed to any of his words."
Do giveheed to me, O LORD, And listen to lwhat my opponents are saying !
2033Should good be repaid with evil ? For they have 34dug a pit for mme. Remember how I 35stoodbefore You To speakgood on their behalf, So as to turnaway Your wrath from them.
21Therefore, 36give their children over to famine And deliver them up to the npower of the sword ; And let their wivesbecome37childless and 38widowed. Let their men also be smitten to death, Their 39youngmenstruckdown by the sword in battle.
May an 40outcry be heard from their houses, When You suddenlybringraiders upon them; 41For they have dug a pit to capture me And 42hiddensnares for my feet.
Yet You, O LORD, knowAll their odeadlydesignsagainst me; 43Do not pforgive their iniquity Or blot out their sin from Your sight. But may they be q44overthrownbefore You; Deal with them in the 45time of Your anger !