Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 The worde which came to Ieremiah from the Lord, saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go downe into the potters house, and there shall I shewe thee my words. Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went downe to the potters house, & behold, he wrought a worke on the wheeles. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessell that he made 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. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the worde of the Lord came vnto me, saying, Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I doe with you as this potter, sayth the Lord? beholde, as the clay is in the potters hande, so are you in mine hande, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:7 I will speake suddenly against a nation or against a kingdome to plucke it vp, and to roote it out and to destroy it. Jeremiah 18:8 But if this nation, against whom I haue pronounced, turne from their wickednesse, I will repent of the plague that I thought to bring vpon them. Jeremiah 18:9 And I wil speake suddenly concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdome to builde it and to plant it. Jeremiah 18:10 But if it do euill in my sight and heare not my voyce, I will repent of ye good that I thought to do for them.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 Speake thou nowe therefore vnto the men of Iudah, and to the inhabitants of Ierusalem, saying, Thus saith ye Lord, Behold, I prepare a plague for you, and purpose a thing against you: returne you therefore euery one from his euill way, and make your wayes and your workes good. Jeremiah 18:12 But they sayde desperately, Surely wee will walke after our owne imaginations, and doe euery man after the stubburnnesse of his wicked heart. Jeremiah 18:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Aske now among the heathen, who hath heard such thinges? the virgin of Israel hath done very filthily. Jeremiah 18:14 Will a man forsake the snowe 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 me, and haue burnt incense to vanitie, and their prophets haue caused them to stumble in their wayes from the auncient wayes, to walke in the pathes and way that is not troden, Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land desolate and a perpetual derision, so that euery one that passeth thereby, shalbe astonished and wagge his head, Jeremiah 18:17 I will scatter them with an East winde before the enemie: I will shewe them the backe, and not the face in the day of their destruction.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then sayde they, Come, and let vs imagine some deuice against Ieremiah: for the Lawe shal not perish from the Priest, nor counsell from the wise, nor the worde from the Prophet: come, and let vs smite him with the tongue, and let vs not giue heede to any of his words. Jeremiah 18:19 Hearken vnto mee, O Lorde, and heare the voyce of them that contend with me. Jeremiah 18:20 Shall euill be recompensed for good? for they haue digged a pit for my soule: remember that I stood before thee, to speake good for the, and to turne away thy wrath from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore, deliuer vp their children to famine, and let them drop away by the force of the sworde, and let their wiues be robbed of their children, and be widowes: and let their husbandes be put to death, and let their yong men be slayne by the sword in the battell. Jeremiah 18:22 Let the crye bee heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring an hoste suddenly vpon them: for they haue digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feete. Jeremiah 18:23 Yet Lord thou knowest al their counsel against me tendeth to death: forgiue not their iniquitie, neither put out their sinne from thy sight, but let them be ouerthrowen before thee: deale thus with them in the time of thine anger.