Jeremiah 18

18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will
 cause thee to hear my words.
18:3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he
 wrought a work on the wheels.
18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand
 of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed
 good to the potter to make [it].
18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?
 saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter's hand,
 so [are] ye in my hand, O house of Israel.
18:7 [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
 concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to
 destroy [it];
18:8 If that nation against which I have pronounced, shall turn
 from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do
 to them.
18:9 And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation,
 and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it];
18:10 If it shall do evil in my sight, that it obey not my
 voice, then I will repent of the good, with which I said I
 would benefit them.
18:11 Now therefore come, speak to the men of Judah, and to the
 inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,
 I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:
 return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways
 and your doings good.
18:12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after
 our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of
 his evil heart.
18:13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the
 heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath
 done a very horrible thing.
18:14 Will [a man] leave the snow of Lebanon [which cometh] from
 the rock of the field? [or] shall the cold flowing waters that
 come from another place be forsaken?
18:15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned
 incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in
 their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a
 way not cast up;
18:16 To make their land desolate, [and] a perpetual hissing;
 every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and wag his
18:17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy;
 I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of
 their calamity.
18:18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices 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 smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to
 any of his words.
18:19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them
 that contend with me.
18:20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a
 pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak
 good for them, [and] to turn away thy wrath from them.
18:21 Therefore deliver their children to the famine, and pour
 out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their
 wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let
 their men be put to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by
 the sword in battle.
18:22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt
 bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to
 take me, and hid snares for my feet.
18:23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to
 slay [me]: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their
 sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee;
 deal [thus] with them in the time of thy anger.

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