Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 The word that came unto Jeremiah, from Yahweh, saying: Jeremiah 18:2 Arise and go down, to the house of the potter,and, there, will I cause thee to hear my words. Jeremiah 18:3 So I went down, to the house of the potter,and, there he was! making a piece of work, on the wheels. Jeremiah 18:4 Then was marred, the vessel that he, was making, while yet it was clay in the hand of the potter,so he turned and made of it another, vessel, as seemed right in the eyes of the potter to make it. Jeremiah 18:5 Then came the word of Yahweh, unto me, saying: Jeremiah 18:6 Like this potter, can I not deal with you, O house of Israel? Demandeth Yahweh: Lo! as clay in the hand of the potter, So, are, ye, in my hand O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:7 The moment I speak, concerning a nation, or concerning a kingdom,to pull up and to break down, and to destroy; Jeremiah 18:8 and that nation return, from its wickedness, against whom I have spoken, then will I repent concerning the calamity, which I had devised to bring upon it. Jeremiah 18:9 And, the moment I speak, concerning a nation, or concerning a kingdom,to build, and to plant; Jeremiah 18:10 and it commit wickedness in mine eyes, in not hearkening unto my voice, then will I repent concerning the good wherewith I had said I would do it good.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 Now, therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the men of Judah, and concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus, saith Yahweh,Lo! I, am fashioning against you, calamity, and devising against you, a device,Return, I pray you, every man from his wicked way, And amend your ways, and your doings. Jeremiah 18:12 And, since they will say, Hopeless! For, after our own devices, will we walk, And, every one, the stubbornness of his own wicked heart, will we do! Jeremiah 18:13 Therefore, Thus, saith Yahweh, Ask, I pray you, among the nations,Who, hath heard, such things as these? A very horrible thing, hath, the virgin, Israel, done! Jeremiah 18:14 Shall the snow of Lebanon, fail from the rock of the field? Or shall waters from afar, deep, overflowing, be dried up? Jeremiah 18:15 Yet my people, have forgotten me, Unto vanity, have they been burning incense; And it hath caused them to stumble, In their ways, The roads of age-past times, To walk in by-pathsA way, not cast up. Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land a desolation, The hissings of age-abiding times,Every one that passeth by her, shall be astonished and wag his head. Jeremiah 18:17 Like an east wind, will I scatter them before the enemy,The back and not the face, will I let them see, in the day of their distress.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they,Come ye, and let us devise against Jeremiah devices, For, the law, shall not perish, from the priest, Nor, counsel, from, the wise, Nor, the word, from, the prophet: Come and let as smite him with the tongue, And let us not give ear to any of his words! Jeremiah 18:19 Give thou ear, O Yahweh unto me,And hearken unto the voice of mine accusers. Jeremiah 18:20 Shall, evil, be recompensed, for, good? For they have digged a pit for my life,Remember how I stood before thee, To speak, in their behalf, what was good! To turn back thine indignation from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore, give thou up their sons, to the famine, And deliver them into the hands of the sword, And let their, wives, become, childless and widows, And let, their men, be slain by death, Their young men, be smitten by the sword in battle. Jeremiah 18:22 Let there be heard a cry out of their houses, When thou shalt bring in upon them a troop, suddenly,Because they digged a pit to capture me, And, snares, did they hide for my feet. Jeremiah 18:23 But, thou, O Yahweh, knowest all their counsels against me, to put me to death, Put thou no propitiatory-covering over their iniquity, And, their sin, from before thee, do not thou blot out,But let them be overthrown before thee, In the time of thine anger, deal thou effectively with them.