Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 This is another communicacion, that God had with Ieremy, sayenge: Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go downe in to the Potters house, and there shall I tell the more off my mynde. Jeremiah 18:3 Now when I came to the Potters house, I founde him makinge his worke vpon a whele. Jeremiah 18:4 The vessel that the Potter made off claye, brake amonge his hodes: So he beganne a new, and made a nother vessell, acordinge to his mynde. Jeremiah 18:5 Then sayde the LORDE thus vnto me: Jeremiah 18:6 Maye not I do wt you, as this Potter doth, O ye house off Israel? saieth the LORDE? Beholde, ye house off Israel: ye are in my honde, euen as the claye in the Potters honde. Jeremiah 18:7 When I take in honde to rote out, to destroye, or to waist awaye eny people or kigdome: Jeremiah 18:8 yff that people (agaynst whom I haue thus deuysed) couerte from their wickednes: Immediatly, I repente off the plage, that I deuysed to bringe vpon the. Jeremiah 18:9 Agayne: Whe I take in honde, to buylde, or to plante a people or a kingdome: Jeremiah 18:10 yff the same people do euell before me, and heare not my voyce: Immediatly, I repente of the good, that I deuysed to do for them.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 Speake now therfore vnto whole Iuda, and to them that dwell at Ierusalem: Thus saieth the LORDE: Beholde, I am deuysinge a plage for you, and am takinge a thinge in honde agaynst you. Therfore, let euery man turne from his euell waye, take vpon you the thinge that is good, and do right. Jeremiah 18:12 But they saye: No more of this, we will folowe oure owne ymaginacions, and do euery ma acordinge to the wilfulnesse of his owne mynde. Jeremiah 18:13 Therfore thus saieth the LORDE: Axe amonge the Heithen, yf eny man hath herde soch horrible thinges, as the doughter of Sion hath done. Jeremiah 18:14 Shal not ye snowe (yt melteth vpon the stony rockes of Libanus) moysture the feldes? Or maye the springes off waters be so grauen awaye, that they runne nomore, geue moystnesse, ner make frutefull? Jeremiah 18:15 But my people hath so forgotten me, yt they haue made sacrifice vnto vayne goddes. And whyle they folowed their owne wayes they are come out of the hie strete, and gone in to a fote waye not vsed to be troden. Jeremiah 18:16 Where thorow they haue brought their londe in to an euerlastinge wildernesse and scorne: So yt who so euer trauayleth ther by, shalbe abashed, and wagge their heades. Jeremiah 18:17 With an East wynde will I scatre the, before their enemies. And when their destruction cometh, I will turne my backe vpo them, but not my face.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then sayde they: come, let vs ymagin somthinge agaynst this Ieremy. Yee this dyd euen the prestes, to whom ye lawe was commytted: the Senatours, yt were the wysest: and the prophetes, which wanted not ye worde off God. Come (sayde they) let vs cut out his tuge, and let vs not regarde his wordes. Jeremiah 18:19 Considre me (o LORDE) and heare the voyce of myne enemies. Jeremiah 18:20 Do they not recompence euell for good, when they dygg a pyt for my soule? Remembre, how that I stode before the, to speake for the, ad to turne awaye thy wrath from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therfore let their childre dye of hunger, and let them be oppressed with the swearde. Let their wyues be robbed of their childre, and become wyddowes: let their husbodes be slayne, let their yonge men be kylled with the swearde in the felde. Jeremiah 18:22 Let the noyse be herde out of their houses, when the murtherer cometh sodenly vpon them: For they haue digged a pit to take me, and layed snares for my fete. Jeremiah 18:23 Yet LORDE, thou knowest all their coucell, that they haue deuysed, to slaye me. And therfore forgeue them not their wickednes, and let not their synne be put out of thy sight: but let them be iudged before the as the giltie: This shalt thou do vnto the in ye tyme of thy indignacion.