18This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:H1697H3414H3068H5592"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."H6965H3381H3335H1004H8085H16973So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel.H3381H3335H1004H2009H6213H4399H704But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.H3627H6213H2563H7843H3027H3335H6213H7725H312H3627H5869H3474H3335H62135Then the word of the LORD came to me.H1697H3068H5596He said, "Can I not do with you, house of Israel, as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.H1004H3478H3201H6213H3335H5002H3068H2563H3335H3027H3027H1004H34787If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed,H7281H1696H1471H4467H5428H5422H68and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.H1471H1696H7725H7451H5162H7451H2803H62139And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,H7281H1696H1471H4467H1129H519310and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.H6213H7451H5869H8085H6963H5162H2896H559H319011"Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.'H559H376H3063H3427H3389H559H559H3068H3335H7451H2803H4284H7725H376H7451H1870H1870H4611H319012But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.' "H559H2976H3212H310H4284H376H6213H8307H7451H382013Therefore this is what the LORD says: "Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard anything like this? A most horrible thing has been done by Virgin Israel.H559H3068H7592H1471H8085H1330H3478H6213H3966H818614Does the snow of Lebanon ever vanish from its rocky slopes? Do its cool waters from distant sources ever cease to flow?H5800H7950H3844H6697H7704H7119H5140H4325H2114H542815Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways, in the ancient paths. They made them walk in byways, on roads not built up.H5971H7911H6999H7723H3782H1870H5769H7635H7635H3212H5410H1870H554916Their land will be an object of horror and of lasting scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.H7760H776H8047H5769H8292H8292H5674H8074H5110H721817Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster."H6327H6921H7307H6440H341H7200H6203H6440H3117H34318They said, "Come, let's make plans against Jeremiah; for the teaching of the law by the priest will not cease, nor will counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophets. So come, let's attack him with our tongues and pay no attention to anything he says."H559H3212H2803H4284H3414H8451H6H3548H6098H2450H1697H5030H3212H5221H3956H7181H169719Listen to me, LORD; hear what my accusers are saying!H7181H3068H8085H6963H340120Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.H7451H7999H2896H3738H7745H5315H2142H5975H6440H1696H2896H7725H253421So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.H5414H1121H7458H5064H3027H2719H802H7909H490H582H2026H4194H970H5221H2719H442122Let a cry be heard from their houses when you suddenly bring invaders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.H2201H8085H1004H935H1416H6597H3738H7745H7882H3920H2934H6341H727223But you, LORD, know all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight. Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.H3068H3045H6098H4194H3722H5771H4229H2403H6440H3782H6440H6213H6256H639
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