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.