Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 The word which came to Ieremiah from ye LORD saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Arise and go downe to the potters house, & there I will cause thee to heare my words. Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went downe to the potters house, and behold, hee wrought a worke on the wheeles. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessell that he made of clay, was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it againe another vessell as seemed good to the potter to make [it]. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I doe with you as this potter, saith the LORD? Behold, as the clay [is] in the potters hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:7 [At what] instant I shall speake concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdome, to plucke vp and to pull downe, and to destroy [it]. Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation against whom I haue pronounced, turne from their euill, I will repent of the euill that I thought to doe vnto them. Jeremiah 18:9 And [at what] instant I shall speake concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdome to build and to plant [it]; Jeremiah 18:10 If it doe euill in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good; wherewith I saide I would benefite them.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 Now therefore goe to, speake to the men of Iudah, and to the inhabitants of Ierusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame euill against you, and deuise a deuice against you: returne ye now euery one from his euill way, and make your waies and your doings good. Jeremiah 18:12 And they said, There is no hope, but wee will walke after our owne deuices, and wee will euery one doe the imagination of his euil heart. Jeremiah 18:13 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Aske ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things? the Uirgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing. Jeremiah 18:14 Will a man leaue the snow of Lebanon [which commeth] from the rocke of the fielde? or shall the colde flowing waters that come from another place, be forsaken? Jeremiah 18:15 Because my people hath forgotten mee, they haue burnt incense to vanitie, and they haue caused them to stumble in their waies [from] the ancient paths, to walke in paths, [in] a way not cast vp, Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land desolate [and] a perpetuall hissing: euery one that passeth thereby shall bee astonished, and wagge his head. Jeremiah 18:17 I will scatter them as with an East winde before the enemie: I will shew them the backe, and not the face, in the day of their calamitie.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come, and let vs deuise deuices against Ieremiah: for the Law shall not perish from the Priest, nor counsell from the wise, nor the word from the prophet: Come and let vs smite him with the tongue, and let vs not giue heede to any of his wordes. Jeremiah 18:19 Giue heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. Jeremiah 18:20 Shall euill bee recompensed for good? for they haue digged a pit for my soule: remember that I stood before thee to speake good for them, [and] to turne away thy wrath from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore deliuer vp their children to the famine, and powre out their [blood] by the force of the sword, and let their wiues be bereaued of their children and [be] widowes, and let their men be put to death, let their yong men be slaine by the sword in battell. Jeremiah 18:22 Let a crie bee heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troupe suddenly vpon them, for they haue digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet. Jeremiah 18:23 Yet LORD thou knowest all their counsell against me to slay [mee]: forgiue not their iniquitie, neither blot out their sinne from thy sight, but let them bee ouerthrowen before thee, deale [thus] with them in the time of thine anger.