Jeremiah 18:1-10 NCV

1 This is the word the Lord spoke to Jeremiah:
2 "Go down to the potter's house, and I will give you my message there."
3 So I went down to the potter's house and saw him working at the potter's wheel.
4 He was using his hands to make a pot from clay, but something went wrong with it. So he used that clay to make another pot the way he wanted it to be.
5 Then the Lord spoke his word to me:
6 "Family of Israel, can't I do the same thing with you?" says the Lord. "You are in my hands like the clay in the potter's hands.
7 There may come a time when I will speak about a nation or a kingdom that I will pull up by its roots or that I will pull down to destroy it.
8 But if the people of that nation stop doing the evil they have done, I will change my mind and not carry out my plans to bring disaster to them.
9 There may come another time when I will speak about a nation that I will build up and plant.
10 But if I see it doing evil by not obeying me, I will change my mind and not carry out my plans to do good for them.