Jeremiah 18 ©
1 Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations. 11 Judah is threatened with judgments for her unexampled revolt. 18 Jeremiah prayeth against them that devised his death.
Then cI went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the 1wheels.
Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
If gthat nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I hwill repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
If jit 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.
¶Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, kI *frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: lreturn ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.
And they said, mThere is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.
pWill a man leave 4the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?
Because qmy people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to rvanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the sancient paths, tto walk in paths, in a way not cast up;
¶Then said they, yCome, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for zthe law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. aCome, and let us smite him 5with the tongue, and let us not bgive heed to any of his words.
Therefore gdeliver up their children to the famine, and 6pour 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.
Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me 7to slay me : jforgive knot 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.