1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
2“Get up and go down to the potter’s house and I will tell you my message there.”
3So I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was making a work on the wheels.
4Whenever the vessel that he made of the clay came out ruined 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.
7At one moment I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;
8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from their evil, I will change my mind about the evil that I thought to do to them.
9And at one moment I may 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 change my mind about the good that I had said I would do for them.
11So now, 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.
14Does the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? Do the cold waters that flow down from afar ever dry up?
15Yet my people have forgotten me. They have burned incense 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,
16to make their land an astonishment and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished, and shake his head.
17I 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’s 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’s strike him with the tongue, and let’s not give heed to any of his words.”
19Give heed to me, Yahweh, and listen to the voice of those who contend with me.
20Should 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.
21Therefore 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 by disease, and their young men struck by the sword in battle.
22Let 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 hid snares for my feet.
23Yet, 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.