The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 18:1–12

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The word which came to Jeremiah from YHWH, saying

The word that came from the Lord to

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

Jeremias, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there thou shalt hear my words.

“Rise up and descend into the house of the potter, and there you will hear my words.”

Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he was at his work on the wheels.

So I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was making a vessel on the stones.

And I descended into the house of the potter, and behold, he was making a work on the wheel.

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

And the vessel which he was making with his hands fell: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to him to make it.

And the vessel, which he was making with his hands out of clay, broke. And turning away, he made another vessel, for it had been pleasing in his eyes to make it.

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Then the word of YHWH came to me, saying

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

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

Shall I not be able, O house of Israel, to do to you as this potter? behold, as the clay of the potter are ye in my hands.

“Am I not able to do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done, says the Lord? Behold, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

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At one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;

Suddenly, I will speak against a nation and against a kingdom, so that I may uproot, and destroy, and scatter it.

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but if that nation turn from their evil, because of which I have spoken against it, I repent of the evil that I thought to do unto it.

and that nation turn from all their sins, then will I repent of the evils which I purposed to do to them.

If that nation, against which I have spoken, will repent from their evil, I too will repent from the evil that I have decided I would do to them.

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And at one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

And if I shall pronounce a decree upon a nation and kingdom, to rebuild and to plant it;

And soon, I will speak about a nation and about a kingdom, so that I may build and plant it.

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10  but if it do evil in My sight, that it hearken not to My voice, then I repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit it.

10  and they do evil before me, so as not to hearken to my voice, then will I repent of the good which I spoke of, to do it to them.

10  If it does evil in my sight, so as not to listen to my voice, I will repent of the good that I have said I would do to it.

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

11  And now say to the men of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Behold, I prepare evils against you, and devise a device against you: let every one turn now from his evil way, and amend your practices.

11  Now, therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am forming an evil against you, and I am considering a plan against you. Let each one of you return from his evil way, and direct your ways and your intentions well.”

12  But they say: There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

12  And they said, We will quit ourselves like men, for we will pursue our perverse ways, and we will perform each the lusts of his evil heart.

12  And they said: “We have lost hope. And so we will follow our own thoughts, and each of us will act according to the depravity of his own evil heart.”