Arise and go down to the potters house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.
Then I went down to the potters house, and behold he was working at the wheel.
And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does? says the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.
At one time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it;
And if the people of that nation concerning which I have spoken turn from their evil, I will relent and reverse My decision concerning the evil that I thought to do to them.
At another time I will suddenly speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will build up and plant it;
And if they do evil in My sight, obeying not My voice, then I will regret and reverse My decision concerning the good with which I said I would benefit them.