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1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
  2“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words.”
  3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was making a work on the wheels.
  4When the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again, into another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
 

5Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
  6“House of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter? says Yahweh. Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.
  7If at any time I might speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;
  8if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.
  9And if at any time I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
  10if they do what is evil in my eyes by not obeying my voice, then I will repent of the good that I had said I would do for them.
  11Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘This is what Yahweh says: Behold, I am shaping evil against you, and devise a device against you. Turn back, each one of you, from your evil ways and amend your ways and your doings.’
  12But they say, ‘It is in vain. For we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
  13Therefore this is what Yahweh says:

 Ask now among the nations,

 who has heard such things?

 The Virgin, Israel, has done a very horrible thing.

 

 14 Does the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field?

 Do the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up?

 

 15 For my people have forgotten me,

 they have turned incense into smoke-perfume to false gods,

 and they have been made to stumble in their ways,

 in the ancient paths,

 to walk in byways, in a way not built up,

 

 16 to make their land an astonishment

 and a perpetual hissing;

 everyone who passes by it will be astonished,

 and shake his head.

 

 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.”

 

18Then they said, “Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law will not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.”
 

 19 Give heed to me, Yahweh,

 and listen to the voice of those who contend with me.

 

 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.

 

 21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine

 and give them over to the power of the sword;

 and let their wives become childless, and widows;

 and let their men be slain of death,

 and their young men struck of the sword in battle.

 

 22 Let a cry be heard from their houses

 when you will bring a troop suddenly on them;

 for they have dug a pit to take me,

 and hid snares for my feet.

 

 23 Yet, Yahweh, you know

 all their counsel against me to kill me.

 Do not forgive their iniquity

 nor blot out their sin from your sight,

 but let them be overthrown before you;

 Deal with them in the time of your anger.

 

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