0 SAB Jeremiah 18

I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies ... and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. 19:7

Trivia: What prophet did God threaten to cast off the face of the earth?



The potter's house

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

The word of God came to Jeremiah and said,

2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Go to the potter's house.

I'll talk to you there.

3Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

So Jeremiah went to the potter's house, and saw him making something on his pottery wheel.

4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

The bowl he made was defective, so made another one.

5Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

The word of God came to Jeremiah and said,

6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Can't I do to you what the potter does with his pots?

The clay is in the potter's hand; Israel is in mine.

7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

So I can destroy a kingdom or a nation.

8If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

But if that nation stops doing evil,

I will repent of the things I planned to do it. [1]

10If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Or if it does evil in my sight,

then I'll repent of the good I planned to do to it.

I frame evil against you

11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

So tell the people of Judah and Jerusalem that this is what God says:

I'm going to do evil things to you, [2]

unless you stop doing evil things.

12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

I know what they'll say. They'll say,

We'll do whatever we want.

13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.

14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?

15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;

So go ask the heathens what about the horrible things the virgin of Israel has done.

16To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

I'll destroy the land of Israel, and make it a land of perpetual hissing, where everyone who passes by will be astonished and wag their heads.

17I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

I'll scatter the people before their enemies,

and turn my back on them when calamity strikes.

Jeremiah's prayer: Pour out their blood

18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

Then the people said,

Let's plot against Jeremiah.

Let's talk back to him and not do what he says.

19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.

20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

Jeremiah said to God,

The people are out to get me.

21Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle.

22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.

So starve their children in a famine,

pour out their blood with the sword,

make their wives widows,

and kill their young men in war.

23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.

Don't forgive them for their sins.

Act now while you're still angry.


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