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.

Berean Study Bible
But if that nation I warned turns from its evil, then I will relent of the disaster I had planned to inflict.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
and that nation turns from its evil, I will change my mind.

Good News Translation
but then that nation turns from its evil, I will not do what I said I would.

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.

New Heart English Bible
if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I thought to do to them.

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
but if that nation turn from their evil, because of which I have spoken against it, I repent of the evil that I thought to do unto it.

New American Standard 1977
if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent concerning the calamity I planned to bring on 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.
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
7At any time I might announce that a nation or kingdom will be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed. 8But if that nation I warned turns from its evil, then I will relent of the disaster I had planned to inflict. 9And if at another time I announce that I will build up and establish a nation or kingdom,…
Cross References
Psalm 106:45
And He remembered His covenant with them, and relented by the abundance of His loving devotion.

Jeremiah 7:3
Thus says the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel: Correct your ways and your deeds, and I will allow you to live in this place.

Jeremiah 12:16
And if they will diligently learn the ways of My people--to swear by My name, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' just as they taught My people to swear by Baal--then they will be established among My people.

Jeremiah 26:3
Perhaps they will listen and turn--each from his evil way of life--so that I may relent of the disaster that I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.

Jeremiah 26:13
So now, correct your ways and deeds and obey the voice of the LORD your God, so that He might relent of the disaster that He has pronounced against you.

Jeremiah 36:3
Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about all the calamity I plan to bring upon them, each of them will turn from his wicked way. Then I will forgive their iniquity and their sin."

Jeremiah 42:10
If you will indeed stay in this land, then I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you, for I shall relent of the disaster I have brought upon you.

Ezekiel 18:21
But if the wicked man turns from all the sins he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.

Ezekiel 33:14
So when I tell the wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and he turns from his sin and does what is just and right--

Hosea 11:8
How can I give you up, O Ephraim? How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned within Me; My compassion is stirred!

Joel 2:13
So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in loving devotion. And He relents from sending disaster.

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

Jonah 3:10
When God saw their actions--that they had turned from their evil ways--He relented from the disaster He had threatened to bring upon them.

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 …







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. 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, etc.), 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).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.
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