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Jeremiah 18 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:1 - The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:2 - “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:3 - Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:4 - And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

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

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:6 - “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:7 - “The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:8 - “if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:9 - “And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:10 - “if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:11 - “Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.” ’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:12 - And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:13 - Therefore thus says the LORD:

“Ask now among the Gentiles,
Who has heard such things?
The virgin of Israel has done a very horrible thing.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:14 - Will a man leave the snow water of Lebanon,
Which comes from the rock of the field?
Will the cold flowing waters be forsaken for strange waters?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:15 - “Because My people have forgotten Me,
They have burned incense to worthless idols.
And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways,
From the ancient paths,
To walk in pathways and not on a highway,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:16 - To make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing;
Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
And shake his head.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:17 - I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy;
I will show them[fn] the back and not the face
In the day of their calamity.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:18 - Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us attack him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:19 - Give heed to me, O LORD,
And listen to the voice of those who contend with me!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:20 - Shall evil be repaid for good?
For they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember that 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 the famine,
And pour out their blood
By the force of the sword;
Let their wives become widows
And bereaved of their children.
Let their men be put to death,
Their young men be slain
By the sword in battle.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:22 - Let a cry be heard from their houses,
When You bring a troop suddenly upon them;
For they have dug a pit to take me,
And hidden snares for my feet.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 18:23 - Yet, LORD, You know all their counsel
Which is against me, to slay me.
Provide no atonement for their iniquity,
Nor blot out their sin from Your sight;
But let them be overthrown before You.
Deal thus with them
In the time of Your anger.
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