The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
"Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear My words."
Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter;
so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?" saith the LORD.
"Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in Mine hand, O
house of Israel.
At the 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 the instant I shall speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it do evil in My sight, that it obey not My voice, then I will repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them.
therefore go to speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, saying, `Thus saith the LORD: Behold, I frame evil against
you and devise a device against you. Return ye now every one from his
evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.'"
they said, "There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices,
and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart."