But, now, O Yahweh, our father, thou art,We are the clay, and, thou, art our potter, Yea the work of thy hand, are we all:
But, in a great house, there are not only gold and silver vessels, but, also wooden and earthen: and, some, indeed, for honour, while, some, are for dishonour:
If, therefore, anyone will, for pureness, sever himself from these, he shall be a vessel for honour, hallowed, meet for the Masters use, for every good work, prepared.
Alas for him who contendeth with his Fashioner,A potsherd, with the potsherds of the ground! Shall it be said by the clay, unto him that is fashioning it, What wouldst thou make? Or, thy work say, of thee, He hath no hands?
Howbeit we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that, the surpassing greatness of the power, may be of God, and not from ourselves:
Howl ye shepherds and make outcry, And roll in the dust ye illustrious of the flock, Because your days for being slaughtered, are fulfilled,Therefore will I break you in pieces, and ye shall fall like a precious vessel!
Dross silver overlaid upon earthenware, so are burning lips, with a mischievous heart:
Thine own hands, shaped me, and made me, all in unison round about, and yet thou hast confounded me.
Remember, I pray thee, that, as clay, thou didst make me, and, unto dust, thou wilt cause me to return.
Your perverseness! As if like clay, the potter could he reckoned; For shall, the thing made say of him that made it, he made me not? Or hath the thing fashioned ever said of him that fashioned it, He hath no understanding.
O man! Who, nevertheless, art, thou, that art answering again unto God? Shall the thing formed say unto him that formed itWhy didst thou make me thus?
Or hath not the potter a right over the clayout of the same lump, to make some, indeed, into a vessel for honour, and some for dishonour?
1 The word that came unto Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying:
2 Arise and go down to the house of the potter,and, there, will I cause thee to hear my words.
3 So I went down, to the house of the potter,and there he was! making a piece of work on the wheels,
4 Then was marred, the vessel that he was making, while yet it was clay in the hand of the potter,so he turned and made of it another vessel, as seemed right in the eyes of the potter to make it.
5 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying:
6 Like this potter, can I not deal with you O house of Israel? Demandeth Yahweh: Lo! as clay in the hand of the potter, So, are, ye, in my hand O house of Israel.
The precious sons of Zion, they who were weighed against pure gold, How are they accounted as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!