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 Ieremye, sayinge: Jeremiah 18:2 Aryse, and go downe into the Potters house, and there shall I tell the more of my mynde. Jeremiah 18:3 Now when I came to the Potters house, I founde hym makynge his worcke vpon a whele. Jeremiah 18:4 The vessell þt the Potter made of claye, brake amonge hys handes: So he beganne a new, and made another vessell, accordynge to hys mynde. Jeremiah 18:5 Then sayde the Lorde thus vnto me: Jeremiah 18:6 Maye not I do with you, as this Potter doth, O ye house of Israel, sayeth the Lord? Beholde, ye house of Israell: ye are in my hande, euen as the claye in the Potters hande. Jeremiah 18:7 When I take in hande to rote out, to destroye, or to waste awaye eny people or kingdome: Jeremiah 18:8 yf that people (agaynst whom I haue this deuysed) conuerte from their wickednes: Immediatly, I repente of the plage, that I deuysed to brynge vpon them. Jeremiah 18:9 Agayne. When I take in hande, to buylde, or to plante a people or a kyngdome: Jeremiah 18:10 yf the same people do euell before me, and heare not my voyce: Immediatly, I repente of the good, that I deuyse 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 sayeth the Lorde: Beholde, I am deuysynge a plage for you, and am takynge a thynge in hande agaynst you. Therfore let euery man turne from hys euell waye, take vpon you the thinge that is good, and do ryght. Jeremiah 18:12 But they saye: No more of this, we wyll folowe oure owne ymagynacyons, and do euery man accordyng to the wylfulnesse of his owne mynde. Jeremiah 18:13 Therfore thus sayeth þe Lord: Aske amonge the Heathen, yf eny man hath hearde soch horryble thynges, as the daughter of Syon hath done. Jeremiah 18:14 Shall not the snowe (that melteth vpon the stony rockes of Libanus) moysten the feldes? Or maye the sprynges of waters be so grauen awaye, that they runne no more, geue moystnesse, ner make fruitefull? Jeremiah 18:15 But my people hath so forgotten me, that they haue made sacryfyce vnto vayne Goddes. And whyle they folowed their owne wayes they are come out of the hye strete, & gone in to a fote waye not vsed to betroden. Jeremiah 18:16 Where thorowe they haue brought their lande in to an euerlastyng wyldernesse and scorne: So that whosoeuer trauayleth therby: shalbe abashed, and wagge their heades. Jeremiah 18:17 With an East wynde will I scatre them, before their enemyes. And when their destruccion commeth, I wyll turne my backe vpon them, but not my face.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then sayde they: come, let vs ymagyn smothynge agaynst this Ieremy. Yee thys dyd euen the prestes, to whom the lawe was commytted: the Senatours, that were the wysest, and the prophetes, whiche wanted not the worde of God. Come (sayde they) lett vs cut out hys tunge, & let vs not regarde his wordes. Jeremiah 18:19 Consydre 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 them, and to turne awaye thy wrath from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therfore let their chyldren dye of hunger and lett them be oppressed with the swearde. Let their wyues be robbed of their chyldren, and become widdowes: let their housbandes be slayne, lett 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 commeth sodenly vpon them: For they haue digged a pyt to take me, and layed snares for my fete. Jeremiah 18:23 Yet Lorde, thou knowest all their councell, that they haue deuysed, to slaye me. And therfore forgeue them not their wyckednes, and let not their synne be put out of thy syght: but lett them be iudged before the as the gyltye: Thys shalt thou do vnto them in the tyme of thy indygnacyon.