Jeremiah went to the potter’s house. He sees that clay is pliable and can be molded. However, Judah would not let the LORD God mold them.
VERSE 1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
go down to the potter’s house. The LORD God directed Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house. There, he would see clay be molded into pots.
VERSE 3. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was making something on the wheels.
VERSE 4. When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
VERSE 5. Then the LORD’s word came to me, saying,
VERSE 6. “House of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.
NIV translation. O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
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VERSE 7. At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;
VERSE 8. if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.
VERSE 9. At the instant I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
VERSE 10. if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they not obey my voice, then I will repent of the good with which I said I would benefit them.
VERSE 11. “Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘The LORD says: “Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a plan against you. Everyone return from his evil way now, and amend your ways and your doings.” ’
VERSE 12. But they say, ‘It is in vain; for we will walk after our own plans, and we will each follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.’ ”
It is in vain. That is, “it’s no use.” The people of Judah respond by saying they are not able to change.
we will each follow the stubbornness of his evil heart. They refuse to repent of their idolatry.
VERSE 13. Therefore the LORD says: “Ask now among the nations, ‘Who has heard such things?’ The virgin of Israel has done a very horrible thing.
VERSE 14. Will the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? Will the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up?
VERSE 15. For my people have forgotten me. They have burned incense to false gods. They have been made to stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths, to walk in byways, in a way not built up,
VERSE 16. to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing. Everyone who passes by it will be astonished, and shake his head.
VERSE 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.
VERSE 18. Then they said, “Come! Let’s devise plans against Jeremiah; for the law won’t perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let’s strike him with the tongue, and let’s not give heed to any of his words.”
NAB translation. “Come,” they said, “let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word.”
let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. People actually did this to Jeremiah. And they did it to the Lord Jesus Christ. In our day, people still do this to people who stand up for the truth.
VERSE 19. Give heed to me, LORD, and listen to the voice of those who contend with me.
VERSE 20. Should evil be recompensed for good? For they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.
VERSE 21. Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and give them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives become childless and widows. Let their men be killed and their young men struck by the sword in battle.
VERSE 22. Let a cry be heard from their houses when you bring a troop suddenly on them; for they have dug a pit to take me and hidden snares for my feet.
VERSE 23. Yet, LORD, you know all their counsel against me to kill me. Don’t forgive their iniquity. Don’t blot out their sin from your sight, Let them be overthrown before you. Deal with them in the time of your anger.
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