Jeremiah 18:8
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New International Version
and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.

New Living Translation
but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.

English Standard Version
and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it.

New American Standard Bible
if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it.

King James Bible
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, if that nation I have made an announcement about turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the disaster I had planned to do to it.

International Standard Version
But if that nation about which I spoke turns from its evil way, I'll change my mind about the disaster that I had planned for it.

NET Bible
But if that nation I threatened stops doing wrong, I will cancel the destruction I intended to do to it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But suppose the nation that I threatened turns away from doing wrong. Then I will change my plans about the disaster I planned to do to it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if these Gentiles shall turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
If that nation, against whom I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will change from the evil that I thought to do unto them.

American King James Version
If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

American Standard Version
if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If that nation against which I have spoken, shall repent of their evil, I also will repent of the evil that I have thought to do to them.

Darby Bible Translation
if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, then I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

English Revised Version
if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
If that nation against which I have pronounced, shall turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

World English Bible
if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

Young's Literal Translation
And that nation hath turned from its evil, Because I have spoken against it, Then I have repented of the evil that I thought to do to it.
Parallel Commentaries
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

If that nation against whom I have pronounced,.... Such a sentence as this, should immediately, upon the above declaration, do as Nineveh did:

turn from their evil; their evil of sin, their evil ways and works, as an evidence of the truth of their repentance for former sins:

I will repent of the evil that one thought to do unto them; as they change their course of life, God will change the dispensations of his providence towards them, and not bring upon them the evil of punishment he threatened them with; in which sense repentance can only be understood of God, he doing that which is similar to what men do when they repent of anything; they stop their proceedings, and change their outward conduct; so God proceeds not to do what he threatened to do, and changes his outward behaviour to men; he wills a change, and makes one in his methods of acting, but never changes his will.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. their evil—in antithesis to, "the evil that I thought to do."

repent—God herein adapts Himself to human conceptions. The change is not in God, but in the circumstances which regulate God's dealings: just as we say the land recedes from us when we sail forth, whereas it is we who recede from the land (Eze 18:21; 33:11). God's unchangeable principle is to do the best that can be done under all circumstances; if then He did not take into account the moral change in His people (their prayers, &c.), He would not be acting according to His own unchanging principle (Jer 18:9, 10). This is applied practically to the Jews' case (Jer 18:11; see Jer 26:3; Jon 3:10).

Jeremiah 18:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Potter and the Clay
7"At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; 8if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on it. 9"Or at another moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to build up or to plant it;…
Cross References
Psalm 106:45
for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented.

Jeremiah 7:3
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.

Jeremiah 12:16
And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, 'As surely as the LORD lives'--even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal--then they will be established among my people.

Jeremiah 26:3
Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. Then I will relent and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.

Jeremiah 26:13
Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the LORD your God. Then the LORD will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you.

Jeremiah 36:3
Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin."

Jeremiah 42:10
If you stay in this land, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I have relented concerning the disaster I have inflicted on you.

Ezekiel 18:21
"But if a wicked person turns away from all the sins they have committed and keeps all my decrees and does what is just and right, that person will surely live; they will not die.

Ezekiel 33:14
And if I say to a wicked person, 'You will surely die,' but they then turn away from their sin and do what is just and right--

Hosea 11:8
"How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.

Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Joel 2:14
Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God.

Jonah 3:10
When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
Treasury of Scripture

If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

that nation.

Jeremiah 7:3-7 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and …

Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I …

Judges 10:15,16 And the children of Israel said to the LORD, We have sinned: do you …

1 Kings 8:33,34 When your people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because …

2 Chronicles 12:6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; …

Isaiah 1:16-19 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Ezekiel 18:21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he has committed, …

Ezekiel 33:11,13 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Jonah 2:5-10 The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed …

Luke 13:3-5 I tell you, No: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish…

I will.

Jeremiah 15:6 You have forsaken me, said the LORD, you are gone backward: therefore …

Jeremiah 26:3,13 If so be they will listen, and turn every man from his evil way, …

Jeremiah 42:10 If you will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and …

Exodus 32:12 Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring …

Deuteronomy 32:36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, …

Judges 2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge…

Psalm 90:13 Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent you concerning your servants.

Psalm 106:45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to …

Psalm 135:14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning …

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Joel 2:13,14 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn to the LORD …

Amos 7:3-6 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, said the LORD…

Jonah 3:9,10 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …

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