Jeremiah 18:3
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New International Version
So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel.

New Living Translation
So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.

English Standard Version
So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel.

New American Standard Bible
Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something on the wheel.

King James Bible
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, working away at the wheel.

International Standard Version
So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was doing work at the potter's wheel.

NET Bible
So I went down to the potter's house and found him working at his wheel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I went to the potter's house, and he was working there at his wheel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then I went down to the potter's house; and, behold, he wrought a work upon a wheel.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he worked a work on the wheels.

American King James Version
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he worked a work on the wheels.

American Standard Version
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he was making a work on the wheels.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I went down into the potter's house, and behold he was doing a work on the wheel.

Darby Bible Translation
And I went down to the potter's house; and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

English Revised Version
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought his work on the wheels.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

World English Bible
Then I went down to the potter's house, and behold, he was making a work on the wheels.

Young's Literal Translation
and I go down to the potter's house, and lo, he is doing a work on the stones,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:1-10 While Jeremiah looks upon the potter's work, God darts into his mind two great truths. God has authority, and power, to form and fashion kingdoms and nations as he pleases. He may dispose of us as he thinks fit; and it would be as absurd for us to dispute this, as for the clay to quarrel with the potter. But he always goes by fixed rules of justice and goodness. When God is coming against us in judgments, we may be sure it is for our sins; but sincere conversion from the evil of sin will prevent the evil of punishment, as to persons, and to families, and nations.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then I went down to the potter's house,.... He did as the Lord commanded him; he was obedient to the divine will; he went to hear what the Lord had to say to him there, and to observe such things, from whence he might learn instruction for himself and others:

and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels; the Targum renders it "upon a seat"; or "his seats", as Junius and Tremellius; but it signifies not the instrument on which the potter sat while he worked, but that on which he did his work. The Septuagint version renders it, "on stones" (n); and R. Jonah (o) says, that in some countries the potter's instrument is in the likeness of two millstones, the lowermost is the greatest, and the uppermost is the least. Or rather the word may signify "frames", or "moulds" (p), made of stone, in which the potter put his clay, and fashioned it: though I see no reason to depart from the signification of "wheels", which are used in the potter's work, even two of them; and so the word here is of the dual number; though one is more properly called the "wheel", and the other the "lathe", and are described as follows:

"The "potter's wheel" consists principally in its nut, which is a beam or axis, whose foot or pivot plays perpendicularly on a free stone sole, or bottom; from the four corners atop of this beam, which does not exceed two feet in height, arise four iron bars, called the spokes of the wheel; which forming diagonal lines with the beam, descend, and are fastened at bottom to the edges of a strong wooden circle, four feet in diameter, perfectly like the felloes of a coach wheel; except that it hath neither axis nor radii; and is only joined to the beam, which serves it as an axis, by the iron bars. The top of the nut is flat, of a circular figure, and a foot in diameter. On this is laid a piece of the clay, or earth, to be turned and fashioned. The wheel thus disposed is encompassed with four sides of four different pieces of wood, sustained in a wooden frame: the hind piece, which is that whereon the workman sits, is made a little inclining towards the wheel: on the fore piece are placed the pieces of prepared earth: lastly, the side pieces serve the workman to rest his feet against; and are made inclining, to give him more or less room, according to the size of the vessels to be turned; by his side is a trough of water, wherewith from time to time he wets his hands, to prevent the earth sticking to them.----The potter having prepared his clay or earth, and laid a piece of it suitable to the work he intends on the top of the beam, sits down; his thighs and legs much expanded, and his feet rested on the side pieces, as is most convenient. In this situation he turns the wheel round, till it has got the proper velocity; when, wetting his hands in the water, he bores the cavity of the vessel, continuing to widen it from the middle; and thus turns it into form, turning the wheel afresh, and wetting his hands from time to time.----The potter's "lathe" is also a kind of "wheel", but simpler and slighter than the former; its three chief members are an iron beam or axis, three feet and a half high, and two inches in diameter; a little wooden wheel, all of a piece, an inch thick, and seven or eight in diameter, placed horizontally atop of the beam, and serving to form the vessel on; and another larger wooden wheel, all of a piece, three inches thick, and two or three feet broad, fastened to the same beam at the bottom, parallel to the horizon. The beam, or axis, turns by a pivot at bottom, in an iron stand. The workman gives the motion to the lathe with his feet, by pushing the great wheel alternately with each foot; still giving it a lesser or greater degree of motion, as his work requires (q).''

Thus Jeremiah saw the potter work, or somewhat like this; for, no doubt, pottery, as other things, has been improved since his time.

(n) , Sept. "super lapide, vel typo", Calvin. (o) Apud Kimchi & Ben Melech in loc. (p) "Lapideos typos", Calvin; "super formas", Montanus. (q) Chambers's Cyclopaedia, in the word "Pottery".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. wheels—literally, "on both stones." The potter's horizontal lathe consisted of two round plates, the lower one larger, the upper smaller; of stone originally, but afterwards of wood. On the upper the potter moulded the clay into what shapes he pleased. They are found represented in Egyptian remains. In Ex 1:16 alone is the Hebrew word found elsewhere, but in a different sense.

Jeremiah 18:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Potter and the Clay
2"Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will announce My words to you." 3Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 18:2
"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."

Jeremiah 18:4
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
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Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he worked a work on the wheels.

I went.

Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, …

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

Acts 26:19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision:

wheels. or, frames, or seats.

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