oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - God’s ‘repentance’ in light of the covenantal relationship between שׁוּב and נָחַם in Jeremiah 18:1−101 - research

Volume 26 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



This article addresses the relationship between two Hebrew verbs found in Jeremiah 18:7−10 that may shed light on the subject of God’s ‘repentance’, especially when the Hebrew verbs words are viewed from the context of the covenant. We see that the main point of the passage shifts from the potter’s unilateral control and sovereignty over the clay to the flexibility of the potter to work with his clay. The significance is that in this covenantal context, the author(s) used שׁוּב (shub) and נָחַם (nacham) to demonstrate that God sometimes, but not arbitrarily, relents in response to the decisions of his people, meaning that the response of the nation had an influence on God’s actions.

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