Under the type of a potter is shewed God's absolute power in disposing of nations.
Jeremiah 18:1 The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, saying: Jeremiah 18:2 Arise, and go down into the potter's house, and there thou shalt hear my words. Jeremiah 18:3 And I went down into the potter's house, and behold he was doing a work on the wheel. Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel was broken which he was making of clay with his hands: and turning he made another vessel, as it seemed good in his eyes to make it. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: Jeremiah 18:6 Cannot I do with you, as this potter, O house of Israel, saith the Lord? behold as clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. Jeremiah 18:7 I will suddenly speak against a nation, and against a kingdom, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy it. Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation against which I have spoken, shall repent of their evil, I also will repent of the evil that I have thought to do to them. Jeremiah 18:9 And I will suddenly speak of a nation and of a kingdom, to build up and plant it. Jeremiah 18:10 If it shall do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice: I will repent of the good that I have spoken to do unto it.
Judgments threatened to Judah for her strange revolt.
Jeremiah 18:11 Now therefore tell the men of Juda, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: let every man of you return from his evil way, and make ye your ways and your doings good. Jeremiah 18:12 And they said; We have no hopes: for we will go after our own thoughts, and we will do every one according to the perverseness of his evil heart. Jeremiah 18:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord: Ask among the nations: Who hath heard such horrible things, as the virgin of Israel hath done to excess? Jeremiah 18:14 Shall the snow of Libanus fail from the rock of the field? or can the cold waters that gush out and run down, be taken away? Jeremiah 18:15 Because my people have forgotten me, sacrificing in vain, and stumbling in their ways, in ancient paths, to walk by them in a way not trodden: Jeremiah 18:16 That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head. Jeremiah 18:17 As a burning wind will I scatter them before the enemy: I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their destruction.
Jeremiah prayeth against his conspirators.
Jeremiah 18:18 And they said: Come, and let us invent devices against Jeremias: for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet: come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us give no heed to all his words. Jeremiah 18:19 Give heed to me, O Lord, and hear the voice of my adversaries. Jeremiah 18:20 Shall evil be rendered for good, because they have digged a pit for my soul? Remember that I have stood in thy sight, to speak good for them, and to turn away thy indignation from them. Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore deliver up their children to famine, and bring them into the hands of the sword: let their wives be bereaved of children and widows: and let their husbands be slain by death: let their young men be stabbed with the sword in battle. Jeremiah 18:22 Let a cry be heard out of their houses: for thou shalt bring the robber upon them suddenly: because they have digged a pit to take me, and have hid snares for my feet. Jeremiah 18:23 But thou, O Lord, knowest all their counsel against me unto death: not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from thy sight: let them be overthrown before thy eyes, in the time of thy wrath do thou destroy them.