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Jeremiah 18 Expanded Bible (EXB)

The Potter and the Clay

18 This is the word the Lord spoke to Jeremiah: “Get up and go down to the potter’s house, and I will ·give you my message there [L make you hear my words].” So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working at the potter’s wheel. He was using his hands to make a pot from clay, but something went wrong with it. So he used that clay to make another pot the way he wanted it to be.

Then the Lord spoke his word to me: “·Family [L House] of Israel, can’t I do the same thing with you?” says the Lord. “You are in my hands like the clay in the potter’s hands. There may come a time when I will ·speak about [declare concerning] a nation or a kingdom that I will ·pull [pluck] up by its roots or that I will ·pull [tear] down to destroy it [1:10]. But if the people of that nation ·stop doing the evil they have done [turn back/repent from its evil concerning which I have spoken], I will ·change my mind [repent] and not carry out my plans to bring ·disaster to [evil on] them. There may come another time when I will ·speak about a [declare concerning that] nation that I will build up and plant. 10 But if ·I see it doing evil [L it does evil in my eyes] by not ·obeying [listening to] me, I will ·change my mind [repent] and not carry out my plans to do good for them.

11 “·So [Now], say this to the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem: ‘This is what the Lord says: I am ·preparing [shaping] ·disaster [evil] for you and making plans against you. ·So stop doing evil [L Turn away from your evil way/path]. ·Change [Improve/Amend] your ·ways [paths] and ·do what is right [L your actions].’ 12 But they [C the people of Judah] will answer, ‘It won’t do any good to try! We will ·continue to do what we want [L go after our plans]. Each of us will do what his stubborn, evil heart wants!’”

13 So this is what the Lord says:
“Ask ·the people in other nations this question [L among the nations]:
    ‘·Have you ever [L Who has] heard anything like this?’
    The ·people [L virgin daughter] of Israel have done a horrible thing.
14 ·The [L Does the…?] snow of Lebanon
    ·never melts from [ever leave the] the rocks of ·the fields [L or Sirion; C another name for Mount Hermon].
Its cool, ·flowing [L foreign; strange] streams
    do not ·dry up [L get plucked up].
15 But my people have forgotten me.
    They burn incense to ·worthless [useless; meaningless] idols
and ·have stumbled [L they make them stumble] in ·what they do [L their ways/paths]
    and in the ·old ways of their ancestors [L ancient ways].
They walk along back roads
    ·and on poor [L ways/paths that are not] highways.
16 So ·Judah’s country [L their land] will become an ·empty desert [wasteland; desolation].
    People will not stop ·making fun of [L hissing at] it.
They will shake their heads as they pass by;
    they will be shocked at how the country was destroyed.
17 Like a strong east wind,
    I will scatter them [C the people of Judah] before their enemies.
·At that awful time [L In the day of their calamity] ·they will not see me coming to help them;
    they will see me leaving [L I will show them my back and not my face].”

Jeremiah’s Fourth Complaint

18 Then the people said, “Come, let’s make plans against Jeremiah. Surely the ·teaching of the law [instruction] by the priest will not ·be lost [perish]. We will still have the ·advice [counsel] from the wise teachers and the words of the prophets. So let’s ·ruin him by telling lies about him [bring charges against him; L strike him with the tongue]. We won’t pay attention to ·anything he says [L his words].”

19 Lord, ·listen [pay attention] to me.
    Listen to what my ·accusers [adversaries] are saying!
20 ·Good should not [L Should good…?] be paid back with evil,
    but they have dug a pit ·in order to kill me [L for my life].
Remember that I stood before you
    and asked you to do good things for these people
    and to turn your anger away from them.
21 So now, ·let their children starve [L give their children to starvation],
    and ·let their enemies kill them with swords [L give them over to the power of the sword].
Let their wives ·lose their children and husbands [L be childless and widows].
    Let the men [C from Judah] be ·put to death [slain by pestilence]
    and the young men be killed with swords in battle.
22 Let them cry out in their houses
    when you bring ·an enemy [plunderers; marauders] against them suddenly.
Let all this happen, because my enemies have dug
    a pit to capture me and have hidden traps for my feet.
23 Lord, you know
    about all their plans to kill me.
Don’t forgive their ·crimes [iniquity]
    or ·erase [wipe away; blot out] their sins from ·your mind [L before you].
Make them ·fall [stumble] ·from their places [L before you];
    ·punish [L deal with] them while you are angry.

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