1 At the Potter's House
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." 3 So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 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.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
11 "Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.' 12 But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.' "
15 Yet my people have forgotten me; 15 they burn incense to worthless idols, 15 which made them stumble in their ways 15 and in the ancient paths. 15 They made them walk in bypaths 15 and on roads not built up.
18 They said, "Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not be lost, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let's attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says."
21 So give their children over to famine; 21 hand them over to the power of the sword. 21 Let their wives be made childless and widows; 21 let their men be put to death, 21 their young men slain by the sword in battle.
23 But you know, O Lord, 23 all their plots to kill me. 23 Do not forgive their crimes 23 or blot out their sins from your sight. 23 Let them be overthrown before you; 23 deal with them in the time of your anger.
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