Baskets of Figs
24:1 The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of
figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive
Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes
of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem,
and had brought them to Babylon.
24:2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that
are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs,
which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
24:3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah?
And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil,
very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
24:5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these
good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away
captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into
the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I
will bring them again to this land: and I will build them,
and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck
24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am
the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are
so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah
the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of
Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in
the land of Egypt:
24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the
kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a
proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall
24:10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the
pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the
land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.