Look, the LORD is stripping the earth bare and making it desolate. He will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants:
When they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city officials, shouting, "These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too,
as the potter's
"Woe to the one who argues with his Maker-- one clay pot among many. Does clay say to the one forming it: What are you making? Or does your work [say]: He has no hands?
How absurd is the one who says to [his] father: What are you fathering? or to [his] mother: What are you giving birth to?"
[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"Go down at once to the potter's house; there I will reveal My words to you."
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, working away at the wheel.
But the jar that he was making from the clay became flawed in the potter's hand, so he made it into another jar, as it seemed right for him to do.
The word of the LORD came to me:
"House of Israel, can I not treat you as this potter [treats his clay]?"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. "Just like clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, house of Israel.
At one moment I might announce concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will uproot, tear down, and destroy [it].
However, if that nation I have made an announcement about, turns from its evil, I will not bring the disaster on it I had planned.
At [another] time I announce that I will build and plant a nation or a kingdom.
However, if it does what is evil in My sight by not listening to My voice, I will not bring the good I had said I would do to it.
You will say to me, therefore, "Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?"
Or has the potter no right over His clay, to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor?
This is what the LORD, the Holy One of Israel and its Maker, says: "Ask Me what is to happen to My sons, and instruct Me about the work of My hands.
Pay attention, you stupid people! Fools, when will you be wise?
Can the One who shaped the ear not hear, the One who formed the eye not see?