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Jeremiah 18 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:1 - This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:2 - “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:3 - So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:5 - Then the word of the LORD came to me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:6 - He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:7 - If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:8 - and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:9 - And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:10 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:11 - “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.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:12 - But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:13 - Therefore this is what the LORD says: “Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard anything like this? A most horrible thing has been done by Virgin Israel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:14 - Does the snow of Lebanon ever vanish from its rocky slopes? Do its cool waters from distant sources ever stop flowing?[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:15 - Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths. They made them walk in byways, on roads not built up.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:16 - Their land will be an object of horror and of lasting scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:17 - Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:18 - They said, “Come, let’s make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, 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.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:19 - Listen to me, LORD; hear what my accusers are saying!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:21 - So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:23 - But you, LORD, know all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.
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