NASB — Jeremiah 18 — KJV

The Potter and the Clay

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, 2 “Arise and ago down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the Iwheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

[2] aJr 19:1, 2
[3] ILit pair of stone discs

5 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter [does]?” declares the LORD. “Behold, like the aclay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. 7 At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to auproot, to pull down, or to destroy [it]; 8 aif that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will Ibrelent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. 9 Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to abuild up or to plant [it]; 10 if it does aevil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will Ibthink better of the good with which I had promised to IIbless it. 11 So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I am afashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh bturn back, each of you from his evil way, and Ireform your ways and your deeds.”’ 12 But athey will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the bstubbornness of his evil heart.’

[6] aIs 45:9; 64:8; Mt 20:15; Ro 9:21
[7] aJr 1:10
[8] ILit repent of aJr 7:3-7; 12:16; Ezk 18:21 bPs 106:45; Jr 26:3, 13, 19; Ho 11:8; Jol 2:13, 14; Jna 3:10
[9] aJr 1:10; 31:28; Am 9:11-15
[10] ILit repent IILit do it good aPs 125:5; Jr 7:24-28; Ezk 33:18 b1S 2:30; 13:13
[11] ILit make good aIs 5:5; Jr 4:6; 11:11 b2K 17:13; Is 1:16-19; Jr 4:1; Ac 26:20
[12] aIs 57:10; Jr 2:25 bDt 29:19; Jr 7:24; 16:12

  13 ¶ “Therefore thus says the LORD,
  ‘aAsk now among the nations,
  Who ever heard the like of Ithis?
  The bvirgin of Israel
  Has done a most cappalling thing.
  14 ‘Does the snow of Lebanon forsake the rock of the open country?
  Or is the cold flowing water [from] a foreign [land] ever snatched away?
  15 ‘For aMy people have forgotten Me,
  bThey burn incense Ito worthless gods
  And they IIhave stumbled IIIfrom their ways,
  IIIFrom the cancient paths,
  To walk in bypaths,
  Not on a dhighway,
  16 To make their land a adesolation,
  [An object of] perpetual bhissing;
  Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
  And cshake his head.
  17 ‘Like an aeast wind I will bscatter them
  Before the enemy;
  I will Ishow them cMy back and not [My] face
  dIn the day of their calamity.’”

[13] ILit these aIs 66:8; Jr 2:10, 11 bJr 14:17; 31:4 cJr 5:30; 23:14; Ho 6:10
[15] ILit to worthlessness IISo ancient versions; Heb caused them to IIIOr in aJr 2:32; 3:21 bIs 65:7; Jr 7:9; 10:15; 44:17 cJr 6:16 dIs 57:14; 62:10
[16] aJr 25:9; 49:13; 50:13; Ezk 33:28, 29 b1K 9:8; Lm 2:15; Mi 6:16 cPs 22:7; Is 37:22; Jr 48:27
[17] ISo ancient versions; M.T. reads look them in the back and not in the face aPs 48:7 bJb 27:21; Jr 13:24 cJr 2:27; 32:33 dJr 46:21

18 ¶ Then they said, “Come and let us adevise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the blaw is not going to be lost to the priest, nor ccounsel to the sage, nor the [divine] dword to the prophet! Come on and let us estrike at him with [our] tongue, and let us fgive no heed to any of his words.”

[18] aJr 11:19; 18:11 bJr 2:8; Mal 2:7 cJb 5:13; Jr 8:8 dJr 5:13 ePs 52:2; Jr 20:10 fJr 43:2

  19 ¶ Do give heed to me, O LORD,
  And listen to Iwhat my opponents are saying!
  20 aShould good be repaid with evil?
  For they have bdug a pit for Ime.
  Remember how I cstood before You
  To speak good on their behalf,
  So as to turn away Your wrath from them.
  21 Therefore, agive their children over to famine
  And deliver them up to the Ipower of the sword;
  And let their wives become bchildless and cwidowed.
  Let their men also be smitten to death,
  Their dyoung men struck down by the sword in battle.
  22 May an aoutcry be heard from their houses,
  When You suddenly bring raiders upon them;
  bFor they have dug a pit to capture me
  And chidden snares for my feet.
  23 Yet You, O LORD, know
  All their Ideadly designs against me;
  aDo not IIforgive their iniquity
  Or blot out their sin from Your sight.
  But may they be IIIboverthrown before You;
  Deal with them in the ctime of Your anger!

[19] ILit the voice of my opponents
[20] ILit my soul aPs 109:4 bPs 35:7; 57:6; Jr 5:26; 18:22 cPs 106:23
[21] ILit hands of aPs 109:9-20; Jr 11:22; 14:16 b1S 15:33; Is 13:18 cJr 15:8; Ezk 22:25 dJr 9:21; 11:22
[22] aJr 6:26; 25:34, 36 bJr 18:20 cPs 140:5
[23] ILit unto death IILit cover over, atone for IIILit ones made to stumble aNe 4:5; Ps 109:14; Is 2:9 bJr 6:15, 21 cJr 7:20; 17:4


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Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.

1 ¶ The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear 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 of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make [it]. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to 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] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 7 [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; 8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 9 And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

[2] Is 20:2; Jr 13:1; 19:1; 23:22; Ezk 4:1; Am 7:7; Ac 9:6; He 1:1.
[3] Jna 1:3; Jn 15:14; Ac 26:19.
[4] Is 45:9; Jr 18:6; Ro 9:20.
[6] Is 64:8; Jr 18:4; Dn 4:23; Mt 20:15; Ro 11:34.
[7] Jr 1:10; 12:14; 25:9; 45:4; Am 9:8; Jna 3:4.
[8] Ex 32:12; Dt 32:36; Jg 2:18; 10:15; 1K 8:33; 2Ch 12:6; Ps 90:13; 106:45; 135:14; Is 1:16; Jr 7:3; 15:6; 26:3, 13; 36:3; 42:10; Ezk 18:21; 33:11, 13; Ho 11:8; Jol 2:13; Am 7:3; Jna 2:5; 3:9; 4:2; Lk 13:3.
[9] Ec 3:2; Jr 1:10; 11:17; 30:18; 31:4, 28, 38; 32:41; Am 9:11.
[10] Nu 14:22, 34; 1S 2:30; 13:13; 15:11, 35; Ps 125:5; Jr 7:23; Ezk 18:24; 33:18; 45:20; Zp 1:6.

Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.

11 ¶ Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. 12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. 13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing. 14 Will [a man] leave the snow of Lebanon [which cometh] from the rock of the field? [or] shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken? 15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up; 16 To make their land desolate, [and] a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head. 17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

[11] Gn 11:3, 7; 2K 5:5; 17:13; 22:13; Is 1:16; 5:5; 55:6; Jr 3:1, 22; 4:23; 7:3; 11:19; 18:18; 25:5; 26:3, 13; 35:15; 36:3, 7; 51:11; Lm 3:39; Ezk 13:22; 18:23, 30; Mi 2:3; Zc 1:3; Ac 26:20; Jm 4:13; 5:1.
[12] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Dt 29:19; 2K 6:33; Is 57:10; Jr 2:25; 3:17; 7:24; 11:8; 16:12; 23:17; 44:17; Ezk 37:11; Mk 7:21; Lk 1:51.
[13] 1S 4:7; Is 36:22; 66:8; Jr 2:10, 13; 5:30; 14:17; 23:14; 31:4; Lm 1:15; Ho 6:10; 1Co 5:1.
[14] Jr 2:13; Jn 6:68.
[15] Is 3:12; 9:16; 41:29; 57:14; 65:7; Jr 2:13, 19, 32; 3:21; 6:16; 10:15; 13:25; 16:19; 17:13; 19:5; 44:15, 25; Ho 2:13; 11:2; Mal 2:8; Mt 15:6; Ro 14:21.
[16] Lv 26:33, 43; Dt 28:59; 29:23; 1K 9:8; 2Ch 7:20; Ps 22:7; 44:14; Is 6:11; 37:22; Jr 9:11; 19:8; 25:9; 49:13; 50:13; Lm 2:15; Ezk 6:14; 12:19; 33:28; Mi 6:16; Mt 27:39; Mk 15:29.
[17] Dt 28:25, 64; 31:17; 32:35; Jg 10:13; Jb 27:21; Ps 48:7; Pv 7:25; Jr 2:27; 13:24; 32:33; 46:21; Ho 13:15.

Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.

18 ¶ Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. 19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. 20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, [and] to turn away thy wrath from them. 21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let their men be put to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by the sword in battle. 22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet. 23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay [me]: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal [thus] with them in the time of thine anger.

[18] Lv 10:11; 2S 15:31; 17:14; 1K 22:24; Jb 5:13; Ps 21:11; 52:2; 57:4; 64:3; Pv 18:21; Is 32:7; Jr 5:12; 11:19; 13:13; 14:14; 18:11; 26:11; 29:25; 43:2; 44:17; Mi 2:1; Mal 2:7; Lk 11:45; Jn 7:47; 9:40.
[19] 2K 19:16; Ne 4:4; 6:9; Ps 55:16; 56:1; 64:1; 109:4, 28; Jr 20:12; Mi 7:8; Lk 6:11.
[20] Gn 18:22; 1S 24:17; Jb 6:27; Ps 7:15; 35:7, 12; 38:20; 57:6; 106:23; 109:4; 119:95; Pv 17:13; 26:27; Ec 10:8; Jr 7:16; 11:14; 14:7, 20; 15:1; 18:22; Ezk 22:30; Zc 3:1; Jn 10:32; 15:25.
[21] Ex 22:24; Dt 32:25; 2Ch 36:17; Ps 109:9; Jr 9:21; 11:20, 22; 12:3; 15:2, 8; 16:3; 20:1, 11; Lm 5:3; Am 4:10; 2Ti 4:14.
[22] Ps 38:12; 56:5; 64:4; 140:5; Is 10:30; 22:1; Jr 4:19, 31; 6:26; 9:20; 18:20; 20:10; 25:34; 47:2; 48:3; Zp 1:10, 16; Mt 22:15.
[23] Ne 4:4; Ps 35:4; 37:32; 59:5; 69:22; 109:14; Is 2:9; 10:3; Jr 8:12; 11:18, 23; 15:15; 18:18; Lk 21:22; Ro 2:5.


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