The Potter and the Clay1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, 2 “Arise and a go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the ▼
▼ Lit pair of stone discswheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the c clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. 7 “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to d uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; 8 e if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will ▼
▼ Lit repent of, g relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. 9 “Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to h build up or to plant it; 10 if it does i evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will ▼
▼ Lit repent, k think better of the good with which I had promised to ▼
▼ Lit do it goodbless it. 11 “So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am m fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh n turn back, each of you from his evil way, and ▼
▼ Lit make goodreform your ways and your deeds.”’ 12 “But p they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the q stubbornness of his evil heart.’ 13 “Therefore thus says the Lord,
‘ r Ask now among the nations,
Who ever heard the like of ▼
▼ Lit thesethis?
The t virgin of Israel
Has done a most u appalling thing.
14 ‘Does the snow of Lebanon forsake the rock of the open country?
Or is the cold flowing water from a foreign land ever snatched away?
15 ‘For v My people have forgotten Me,
w They burn incense ▼
▼ Lit to worthlessnessto worthless gods
And they ▼
▼ So ancient versions; Heb caused them tohave stumbled ▼
▼ Or infrom their ways,
▼ Or inFrom the ab ancient paths,
To walk in bypaths,
Not on a ac highway,
16 To make their land a ad desolation,
An object of perpetual ae hissing;
Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
And af shake his head.
17 ‘Like an ag east wind I will ah scatter them
Before the enemy;
I will ▼
▼ So ancient versions; M.T. reads look them in the back and not in the faceshow them aj My back and not My face
ak In the day of their calamity.’”
18 Then they said, “Come and let us al devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the am law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor an counsel to the sage, nor the divine ao word to the prophet! Come on and let us ap strike at him with our tongue, and let us aq give no heed to any of his words.” 19 Do give heed to me, O Lord,
And listen to ▼
▼ Lit the voice of my opponentswhat my opponents are saying!
20 as Should good be repaid with evil?
For they have at dug a pit for ▼
▼ Lit my soulme.
Remember how I av stood before You
To speak good on their behalf,
So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
21 Therefore aw give their children over to famine
And deliver them up to the ▼
▼ Lit hands ofpower of the sword;
And let their wives become ay childless and az widowed.
Let their men also be smitten to death,
Their ba young men struck down by the sword in battle.
22 May an bb outcry be heard from their houses,
When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
bc For they have dug a pit to capture me
And bd hidden snares for my feet.
23 Yet You, O Lord, know
All their ▼
▼ Lit unto deathdeadly designs against me;
bf Do not ▼
▼ Lit cover over, atone forforgive their iniquity
Or blot out their sin from Your sight.
But may they be ▼
▼ Lit ones made to stumble, bi overthrown before You;
Deal with them in the bj time of Your anger!
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