1 The word which came to Yirmeyahu from 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, saying,
2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I let you hear My words.”
3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and saw him doing a piece of work on the wheel.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was ruined in the hand of the potter, so he remade it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
5 Then the word of 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 came to me, saying,
6 “O house of Yisra’ĕl, am I not able to do with you as this potter?” declares 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. “Look, as the clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Yisra’ĕl!
7 “The moment I speak concerning a nation and concerning a reign, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it,
8 and that nation shall turn from its evil because I have spoken against it, then I shall repent of the evil that I thought to do to it.
9 “And the moment I speak concerning a nation and concerning a reign, to build and to plant it,
10 and it shall do evil in My eyes in not obeying My voice, then I shall repent concerning the good with which I spoke of doing to it.
11 “And now, speak to the men of Yahuḏah and to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, saying, ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “See, I am forming evil and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your deeds good.” ’ ”
12 But they shall say, “It is no use! For we walk according to our own plans, and we do each one the stubbornness of his evil heart.”
13 Therefore thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “Ask now among the nations, who has heard the like of this? The maiden of Yisra’ĕl has done what is most horrible.
14 “Does the snow of Leḇanon cease from the rock of the field? Or the cool flowing waters from afar dry up?
15 “But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway,
16 to make their land become a ruin, a hissing forever – everyone who passes by it is appalled and shakes his head.
17 “I shall scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I shall show them the back and not the face in the day of their calamity.”
18 Then they said, “Come and let us devise plans against Yirmeyahu, for the Torah shall not perish from the kohĕn, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the naḇi. Come and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not listen to any of his words.”
19 Attend to me, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, and listen to the voice of my adversaries!
20 Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for my life. Remember that I stood before You to speak good for them, and to turn away Your wrath from them.
21 So give their children over to scarcity of food, and hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives become widows and bereaved of their children. Let their men be put to death, their young men be smitten by the sword in battle.
22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when You bring a raiding party suddenly upon them. For they have dug a pit to take me, and laid snares for my feet.
23 But You, O 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, You know all their counsel against me, to slay me. Do not pardon their wickedness, nor blot out their sin from Your presence, and let them be overthrown before You. Deal with them in the time of Your displeasure.