This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
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"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."
So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay1 in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,2 O house of Israel.
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If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted,3 torn down and destroyed,
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and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent4 and not inflict on it the disaster5 I had planned.
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And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built6 up and planted,
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and if it does evil7 in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider8 the good I had intended to do for it.9
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"Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster10 for you and devising a plan11 against you. So turn12 from your evil ways,13 each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.'14
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But they will reply, 'It's no use.15 We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.16' "
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