Bible: Jeremiah 18:1-10

An Object Lesson from the Making of Pottery

18:1 The Lord said to Jeremiah: 1  18:2 Go down at once 2  to the potter’s house. I will speak to you further there.” 3  18:3 So I went down to the potter’s house and found him working 4  at his wheel. 5  18:4 Now and then 6  there would be something wrong 7  with the pot he was molding from the clay 8  with his hands. So he would rework 9  the clay into another kind of pot as he saw fit. 10 

18:5 Then the Lord said to me, 11  18:6 I, the Lord, say: 12  ‘O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? 13  In my hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’ 18:7 There are times, Jeremiah, 14  when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. 15  18:8 But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, 16  I will cancel the destruction 17  I intended to do to it. 18:9 And there are times when I promise to build up and establish 18  a nation or kingdom. 18:10 But if that nation does what displeases me and does not obey me, then I will cancel the good I promised to do to it.

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