Bible: Jeremiah 18:5-12

18:5 Then the Lord said to me, 1  18:6 I, the Lord, say: 2  ‘O nation of Israel, can I not deal with you as this potter deals with the clay? 3  In my hands, you, O nation of Israel, are just like the clay in this potter’s hand.’ 18:7 There are times, Jeremiah, 4  when I threaten to uproot, tear down, and destroy a nation or kingdom. 5  18:8 But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, 6  I will cancel the destruction 7  I intended to do to it. 18:9 And there are times when I promise to build up and establish 8  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. 18:11 So now, tell the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem 9  this: The Lord says, ‘I am preparing to bring disaster on you! I am making plans to punish you. 10  So, every one of you, stop the evil things you have been doing. 11  Correct the way you have been living and do what is right.’ 12  18:12 But they just keep saying, ‘We do not care what you say! 13  We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!’ 14 

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