The Potter and the Clay

18 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to (A)the potter's house, and there I will let you hear[a] my words.” So I went down to (B)the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was (C)spoiled in the potter's hand, and (D)he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, (E)can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. (F)Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will (G)pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, (H)turns from its evil, (I)I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will (J)build and plant it, 10 and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11 Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. (K)Return, every one from his evil way, and (L)amend your ways and your deeds.’

12 “But they say, (M)‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to (N)the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

13 “Therefore thus says the Lord:
(O)Ask among the nations,
    Who has heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel
    has done (P)a very horrible thing.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon leave
    the crags of Sirion?[b]
Do the mountain waters run dry,[c]
    the cold flowing streams?
15 (Q)But my people have forgotten me;
    they make offerings to (R)false gods;
they made them stumble in their ways,
    (S)in the ancient roads,
and to walk into side roads,
    (T)not the highway,
16 making their land (U)a horror,
    a thing (V)to be hissed at forever.
(W)Everyone who passes by it is horrified
    (X)and shakes his head.
17 (Y)Like the east wind (Z)I will scatter them
    before the enemy.
(AA)I will show them my back, not my face,
    in the day of their calamity.”

18 Then they said, (AB)“Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, (AC)for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. (AD)Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.”

19 Hear me, O Lord,
    and (AE)listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20 (AF)Should good be repaid with evil?
    Yet (AG)they have dug a pit for my life.
(AH)Remember how I stood before you
    to speak good for them,
    to turn away your wrath from them.
21 Therefore (AI)deliver up their children to famine;
    give them over to the power of the sword;
let their wives become childless (AJ)and widowed.
    May their men meet death by pestilence,
    their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
22 (AK)May a cry be heard from their houses,
    when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!
For (AL)they have dug a pit to take me
    (AM)and laid snares for my feet.
23 Yet (AN)you, O Lord, know
    all their plotting to kill me.
(AO)Forgive not their iniquity,
    nor blot out their sin from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
    deal with them in the time of your anger.

The Broken Flask

19 Thus says the Lord, “Go, buy (AP)a potter's earthenware (AQ)flask, and take some of (AR)the elders of the people and some of (AS)the elders of the priests, and go out (AT)to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. You shall say, (AU)‘Hear the word of the Lord, (AV)O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that (AW)the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. (AX)Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; (AY)and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, (AZ)and have built the high places of Baal (BA)to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, (BB)which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— therefore, (BC)behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or (BD)the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. And in this place (BE)I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, (BF)and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. (BG)I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth. And I will make this city (BH)a horror, (BI)a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. (BJ)And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor (BK)in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.’

10 “Then (BL)you shall break (BM)the flask in the sight of the men who go with you, 11 and shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, (BN)as one breaks a potter's vessel, (BO)so that it can never be mended. (BP)Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury. 12 Thus will I do to this place, declares the Lord, and to its inhabitants, making this city (BQ)like Topheth. 13 The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah—(BR)all the houses on whose (BS)roofs offerings have been offered (BT)to all the host of heaven, and (BU)drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be defiled (BV)like the place of Topheth.’”

14 Then Jeremiah came from (BW)Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, (BX)and he stood in the court of the Lord's house and said to all the people: 15 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, (BY)because they have stiffened their neck, (BZ)refusing to hear my words.”

Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur

20 Now (CA)Pashhur the priest, the son of (CB)Immer, who was (CC)chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. Then (CD)Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him (CE)in the stocks that were in the upper (CF)Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord. The next day, when (CG)Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call your name (CH)Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. For thus says the Lord: Behold, I will make you (CI)a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. Moreover, (CJ)I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its (CK)prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. And you, (CL)Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, (CM)to whom you have prophesied falsely.”

O Lord, (CN)you have deceived me,
    and I was deceived;
(CO)you are stronger than I,
    and you have prevailed.
(CP)I have become a laughingstock all the day;
    everyone mocks me.
For whenever I speak, I cry out,
    I shout, (CQ)“Violence and destruction!”
For (CR)the word of the Lord has become for me
    (CS)a reproach and (CT)derision all day long.
If I say, “I will not mention him,
    or speak any more in his name,”
(CU)there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
    shut up in my bones,
and (CV)I am weary with holding it in,
    and I cannot.
10 (CW)For I hear many whispering.
    (CX)Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! (CY)Let us denounce him!”
    say all my (CZ)close friends,
    (DA)watching for (DB)my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
    then (DC)we can overcome him
    and take our revenge on him.”
11 But (DD)the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
    therefore my persecutors will stumble;
    (DE)they will not overcome me.
(DF)They will be greatly shamed,
    for they will not succeed.
Their (DG)eternal dishonor
    will never be forgotten.
12 O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
    (DH)who sees the heart and the mind,[d]
let me see your vengeance upon them,
    for to you have I committed my cause.

13 (DI)Sing to the Lord;
    praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
    from the hand of evildoers.

14 (DJ)Cursed be the day
    on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
    let it not be blessed!
15 Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you,”
    (DK)making him very glad.
16 Let that man be like (DL)the cities
    that the Lord overthrew without pity;
(DM)let him hear a cry in the morning
    and an alarm at noon,
17 (DN)because he did not kill me in the womb;
    so my mother would have been my grave,
    and her womb forever great.
18 (DO)Why did I come out from the womb
    (DP)to see toil and sorrow,
    and spend my days in shame?

Jerusalem Will Fall to Nebuchadnezzar

21 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, when King Zedekiah sent to him (DQ)Pashhur the son of Malchiah and (DR)Zephaniah the priest, the son of (DS)Maaseiah, saying, (DT)“Inquire of the Lord for us, (DU)for Nebuchadnezzar[e] king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to (DV)all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”

Then Jeremiah said to them: “Thus you shall say to Zedekiah, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: (DW)Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands and with which you are fighting against the king of Babylon and against the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the walls. (DX)And I will bring them together into the midst of this city. I myself will fight against you (DY)with outstretched hand and strong arm, (DZ)in anger and in fury and in great wrath. And I will strike down the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast. They shall die of a great pestilence. Afterward, declares the Lord, (EA)I will give Zedekiah king of Judah and his servants and the people in this city who survive the pestilence, sword, and famine into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and into the hand of their enemies, into the hand of those who seek their lives. He shall strike them down with the edge of the sword. (EB)He shall not pity them or spare them or have compassion.’

“And to this people you shall say: (EC)‘Thus says the Lord: Behold, (ED)I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who stays in this city shall die (EE)by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, but he who goes out and (EF)surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you shall live (EG)and shall have his life as a prize of war. 10 For (EH)I have set my face against this city for harm and (EI)not for good, declares the Lord: (EJ)it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.’

Message to the House of David

11 “And to the house of the king of Judah say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, 12 O house of David! Thus says the Lord:

(EK)“‘Execute justice (EL)in the morning,
    and deliver from the hand of the oppressor
    him who has been robbed,
(EM)lest my wrath go forth like fire,
    and burn with none to quench it,
    because of your evil deeds.’”

13 (EN)“Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley,
    O rock of the plain,
declares the Lord;
you who say, (EO)‘Who shall come down against us,
    or who shall enter our habitations?’
14 (EP)I will punish you according to (EQ)the fruit of your deeds,
declares the Lord;
    (ER)I will kindle a fire in her forest,
    (ES)and it shall devour all that is around her.”


  1. Jeremiah 18:2 Or will cause you to hear
  2. Jeremiah 18:14 Hebrew of the field
  3. Jeremiah 18:14 Hebrew Are foreign waters plucked up
  4. Jeremiah 20:12 Hebrew kidneys
  5. Jeremiah 21:2 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, an alternate spelling of Nebuchadnezzar (king of Babylon) occurring frequently from Jeremiah 21–52; this latter spelling is used throughout Jeremiah for consistency

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of (A)Mary and her sister Martha. (B)It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, (C)he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it he said, (D)“This illness does not lead to death. It is for (E)the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now (F)Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus[a] was ill, (G)he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, (H)“Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, (I)“Rabbi, (J)the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, (K)“Are there not twelve hours in the day? (L)If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But (M)if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not (N)in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus (O)has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 (P)So Thomas, called the Twin,[b] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, (Q)that we may die with him.”

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb (R)four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[c] off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary (S)to console them concerning their brother. 20 (T)So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to (U)Jesus, “Lord, (V)if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, (W)God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 (X)Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in (Y)the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, (Z)“I am the resurrection and (AA)the life.[d] Whoever believes in me, (AB)though he die, (AC)yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me (AD)shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; (AE)I believe that (AF)you are the Christ, the Son of God, (AG)who is coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, (AH)“The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews (AI)who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, (AJ)“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he (AK)was deeply moved[e] in his spirit and (AL)greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 (AM)Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See (AN)how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he (AO)who opened the eyes of the blind man (AP)also have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus

38 Then Jesus, (AQ)deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was (AR)a cave, and (AS)a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for (AT)he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, (AU)“Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see (AV)the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus (AW)lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 (AX)I knew that you always hear me, but I said this (AY)on account of the people standing around, (AZ)that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 (BA)The man who had died came out, (BB)his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and (BC)his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 (BD)Many of the Jews therefore, (BE)who had come with Mary and (BF)had seen what he did, believed in him, 46 but some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees (BG)gathered (BH)the council and said, (BI)“What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and (BJ)the Romans will come and take away both our (BK)place and our nation.” 49 But one of them, (BL)Caiaphas, (BM)who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50 Nor do you understand that (BN)it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51 He did not say this of his own accord, but (BO)being high priest that year (BP)he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, 52 and (BQ)not for the nation only, but also (BR)to gather into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they (BS)made plans to put him to death.

54 Jesus therefore (BT)no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and there he stayed with the disciples.

55 Now (BU)the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and (BV)many went up from the country to Jerusalem before the Passover (BW)to purify themselves. 56 (BX)They were looking for[f] Jesus and saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast at all?” 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where he was, he should let them know, so that they might arrest him.


  1. John 11:6 Greek he; also verse 17
  2. John 11:16 Greek Didymus
  3. John 11:18 Greek fifteen stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
  4. John 11:25 Some manuscripts omit and the life
  5. John 11:33 Or was indignant; also verse 38
  6. John 11:56 Greek were seeking for

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