Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 The word that hath been unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Jeremiah 18:2 Rise, and thou hast gone down [to] the potter's house, and there I cause thee to hear My words; Jeremiah 18:3 and I go down [to] the potter's house, and lo, he is doing a work on the stones, Jeremiah 18:4 and marred is the vessel that he is making, as clay in the hand of the potter, and he hath turned and he maketh it another vessel, as it was right in the eyes of the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:5 And there is a word of Jehovah to me, saying: Jeremiah 18:6 As this potter am I not able to do to you? O house of Israel, an affirmation of Jehovah. 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, And concerning a kingdom, To pluck up and to break down, and to destroy, Jeremiah 18:8 And that nation hath turned from its evil, Because I have spoken against it, Then I have repented of the evil that I thought to do to it. Jeremiah 18:9 And the moment I speak concerning a nation, And concerning a kingdom, to build, and to plant, Jeremiah 18:10 And it hath done the evil thing in Mine eyes, So as not to hearken to My voice, Then I have repented of the good That I have spoken of doing to it.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 And now, speak, I pray thee, unto men of Judah, And against inhabitants of Jerusalem, Saying: Thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am framing against you evil, And devising against you a device, Turn back, I pray you, each from his evil way And amen your ways and your doings. Jeremiah 18:12 And they have said, It is incurable, For after our own devices we do go, And each the stubbornness of his evil heart we do. Jeremiah 18:13 Therefore, thus said Jehovah: Ask, I pray you, among the nations, Who hath heard like these? A very horrible thing hath the virgin of Israel done. Jeremiah 18:14 Doth snow of Lebanon Cease from the rock of the field? Failed are the cold strange waters that flow? Jeremiah 18:15 But My people have forgotten Me, to a vain thing they make perfume, And they cause them to stumble in their wayspaths of old, To walk in pathsa way not raised up, Jeremiah 18:16 To make their land become a desolation, A hissing age-during, Every passer by it is astonished, And bemoaneth with his head. Jeremiah 18:17 As an east wind I scatter them before an enemy, The neck, and not the face, I shew them, In the day of their calamity.'
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 And they say, Come, And we devise against Jeremiah devices, For law doth not perish from the priest, Nor counsel from the wise, Nor the word from the prophet, Come, and we smite him with the tongue, And we do not attend to any of his words. Jeremiah 18:19 Give attention, O Jehovah, unto me, And hearken to the voice of those contending with me. Jeremiah 18:20 Is evil recompensed instead of good, That they have dug a pit for my soul? Remember my standing before Thee to speak good of them, To turn back Thy wrath from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore, give up their sons to famine, And cause them to run on the sides of the sword, And their wives are bereaved and widows, And their men are slain by death, Their young men smitten by sword in battle, Jeremiah 18:22 A cry is heard from their houses, For Thou bringest against them suddenly a troop, For they dug a pit to capture me, And snares they have hidden for my feet. Jeremiah 18:23 And Thou, O Jehovah, Thou hast known, All their counsel against me [is] for death, Thou dost not cover over their iniquity, Nor their sin from before Thee blottest out, And they are made to stumble before Thee, In the time of Thine anger work against them!