1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2 Arise, and go down into the potter’s house, and there shall I show thee my words.
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4 And the vessel that he made [a]of clay, was broken in the hand of the potter, so he returned, and made it another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter, saith the Lord? behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 I will speak suddenly against a nation, or against a kingdom to pluck it up, and to root it out, and to destroy it.
8 But if this nation against whom I have pronounced turn from their wickedness, I will [b]repent of the plague that I thought to bring upon them.
9 And I will speak suddenly concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom to build it and to plant it.
10 But if it do evil in my sight, and hear not my voice, I will repent of the good that I thought to do for them.
11 Speak thou now therefore unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I prepare a plague for you, and purpose a thing against you: return you therefore every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your works good.
12 But they said [c]desperately, Surely we will walk after our own imaginations, and do every man after the stubbornness of his wicked heart.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Ask now among the heathen, who hath heard such things? the virgin of Israel hath done very filthily.
14 Will a man forsake the snow of Lebanon, which cometh from the rock of the field? [d]or shall the cold flowing waters, that come from another place, be forsaken?
15 Because my people hath forgotten me, and have burnt incense to vanity, and their prophets have caused them to stumble in their ways from the [e]ancient ways, to walk in the paths and way that is not trodden,