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Jeremiah 18
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The Potter and the Clay

18The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,H1697H3414H3068H559 2“Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.”H6965H3381H3335H1004H8085H1697 3So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.H3381H3335H1004H2009H6213H4399H70 4But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.H3627H6213H2563H7843H3027H3335H6213H7725H312H3627H5869H3474H3335H6213 5Then the Lord gave me this message:H1697H3068H559 6“O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.H1004H3478H3201H6213H3335H5002H3068H2563H3335H3027H3027H1004H3478 7If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed,H7281H1696H1471H4467H5428H5422H6 8but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.H1471H1696H7725H7451H5162H7451H2803H6213 9And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom,H7281H1696H1471H4467H1129H5193 10but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.H6213H7451H5869H8085H6963H5162H2896H559H3190 11“Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’”H559H376H3063H3427H3389H559H559H3068H3335H7451H2803H4284H7725H376H7451H1870H1870H4611H3190 12But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”H559H2976H3212H310H4284H376H6213H8307H7451H3820 13So this is what the Lord says: “Has anyone ever heard of such a thing, even among the pagan nations? My virgin daughter Israel has done something terrible!H559H3068H7592H1471H8085H1330H3478H6213H3966H8186 14Does the snow ever disappear from the mountaintops of Lebanon? Do the cold streams flowing from those distant mountains ever run dry?H5800H7950H3844H6697H7704H7119H5140H4325H2114H5428 15But my people are not so reliable, for they have deserted me; they burn incense to worthless idols. They have stumbled off the ancient highways and walk in muddy paths.H5971H7911H6999H7723H3782H1870H5769H7635H7635H3212H5410H1870H5549 16Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be astonished and will shake their heads in amazement.H7760H776H8047H5769H8292H8292H5674H8074H5110H7218 17I will scatter my people before their enemies as the east wind scatters dust. And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them and refuse to notice their distress.”H6327H6921H7307H6440H341H7200H6203H6440H3117H343

A Plot against Jeremiah

18Then the people said, “Come on, let’s plot a way to stop Jeremiah. We have plenty of priests and wise men and prophets. We don’t need him to teach the word and give us advice and prophecies. Let’s spread rumors about him and ignore what he says.”H559H3212H2803H4284H3414H8451H6H3548H6098H2450H1697H5030H3212H5221H3956H7181H1697 19Lord, hear me and help me! Listen to what my enemies are saying.H7181H3068H8085H6963H3401 20Should they repay evil for good? They have dug a pit to kill me, though I pleaded for them and tried to protect them from your anger.H7451H7999H2896H3738H7745H5315H2142H5975H6440H1696H2896H7725H2534 21So let their children starve! Let them die by the sword! Let their wives become childless widows. Let their old men die in a plague, and let their young men be killed in battle!H5414H1121H7458H5064H3027H2719H802H7909H490H582H2026H4194H970H5221H2719H4421 22Let screaming be heard from their homes as warriors come suddenly upon them. For they have dug a pit for me and have hidden traps along my path.H2201H8085H1004H935H1416H6597H3738H7745H7882H3920H2934H6341H7272 23Lord, you know all about their murderous plots against me. Don’t forgive their crimes and blot out their sins. Let them die before you. Deal with them in your anger.H3068H3045H6098H4194H3722H5771H4229H2403H6440H3782H6440H6213H6256H639


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