1 The parable of potter and clay
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
6 O house of Israel, Is. 45:9;Rom. 9:20cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, Is. 64:8as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to ch. 1:10pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 Ezek. 18:21;& 33:11If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, ch. 26:3;Jonah 3:10I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 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.
11 Now 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: 2 Ki. 17:13;ch. 7:3return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
12 And they said, ch. 2:25There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord; ch. 2:10;1 Cor. 5:1Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done ch. 5:30a very horrible thing.
15 Because my people hath forgotten ch. 2:13,32me, they have burnt incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ch. 6:16ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;
16 To make their land ch. 19:8desolate, and a perpetual 1 Ki. 9:8;Lam. 2:15;Mic. 6:16hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
17 ch. 13:24I will scatter them Ps. 48:7as with an east wind before the enemy; See ch. 2:27I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
18 Then said they, ch. 11:19Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; Lev. 10:11;Mal. 2:7;John 7:48for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him [e]with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
19 Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.
20 Ps. 109:4Shall evil be recompensed for good? for ver. 22;Ps. 35:7they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
21 Therefore Ps. 109:9deliver up their children to the famine, and [f]pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle.
22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for ver. 20they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
23 Yet, Lord, thou knowest all their counsel against me [g]to slay me: Ps. 35:4;& 109:14;ch. 11:20forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.
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