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Jeremiah 18 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Potter and the Clay

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:1 - The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:2 - “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear[fn] my words.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:3 - So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:5 - Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:6 - “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:7 - If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:8 - and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:9 - And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:10 - and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:11 - Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the LORD, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:12 - “But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:13 - “Therefore thus says the LORD:
Ask among the nations,
Who has heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel
has done a very horrible thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:14 - Does the snow of Lebanon leave
the crags of Sirion?[fn]
Do the mountain waters run dry,[fn]
the cold flowing streams?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:15 - But my people have forgotten me;
they make offerings to false gods;
they made them stumble in their ways,
in the ancient roads,
and to walk into side roads,
not the highway,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:16 - making their land a horror,
a thing to be hissed at forever.
Everyone who passes by it is horrified
and shakes his head.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:17 - Like the east wind I will scatter them
before the enemy.
I will show them my back, not my face,
in the day of their calamity.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:18 - Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:19 - Hear me, O LORD,
and listen to the voice of my adversaries.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Should good be repaid with evil?
Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
to speak good for them,
to turn away your wrath from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:21 - Therefore deliver up their children to famine;
give them over to the power of the sword;
let their wives become childless and widowed.
May their men meet death by pestilence,
their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - May a cry be heard from their houses,
when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!
For they have dug a pit to take me
and laid snares for my feet.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:23 - Yet you, O LORD, know
all their plotting to kill me.
Forgive not their iniquity,
nor blot out their sin from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger.
ESV Footnotes
Or will cause you to hear
Hebrew of the field
Hebrew Are foreign waters plucked up

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