1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying,
2 “Arise and ago down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.”
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the 1wheel.
6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the aclay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
7 “At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to auproot, to pull down, or to destroy it;
9 “Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to abuild up or to plant it;
11 “So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am afashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh bturn back, each of you from his evil way, and 1reform your ways and your deeds.” ’
‘aAsk now among the nations,
Who ever heard the like of 1this?
The bvirgin of Israel
Has done a most cappalling thing.
Or is the cold flowing water from a foreign land ever snatched away?
15 ‘For aMy people have forgotten Me,
To walk in bypaths,
Not on a dhighway,
16 To make their land a adesolation,
An object of perpetual bhissing;
Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
And cshake his head.
Before the enemy;
dIn the day of their calamity.’ ”
18 Then they said, “Come and let us adevise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the blaw is not going to be lost to the priest, nor ccounsel to the sage, nor the divine dword to the prophet! Come on and let us estrike at him with our tongue, and let us fgive no heed to any of his words.”
And listen to 1what my opponents are saying!
20 aShould good be repaid with evil?
Remember how I cstood before You
To speak good on their behalf,
So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
21 Therefore, agive their children over to famine
And deliver them up to the 1power of the sword;
Let their men also be smitten to death,
Their dyoung men struck down by the sword in battle.
22 May an aoutcry be heard from their houses,
When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
bFor they have dug a pit to capture me
And chidden snares for my feet.
All their 1deadly designs against me;
Or blot out their sin from Your sight.
Deal with them in the ctime of Your anger!
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