Jeremiah 24

The Good Figs and the Bad Figs

1 a  After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken into exile from Jerusalem b  Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, together with c  the officials of Judah, the craftsmen, and the metal workers, and had brought them to Babylon, the  Lord showed me this vision: behold d  two baskets of figs placed before the temple of the  Lord. 2One basket had very good figs e  like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had f  very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. 3And the  Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I said, “Figs, the good figs very good, and the bad figs very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.”

4Then the word of the  Lord came to me: 5Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah g  whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. 6 h  I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. i  I will build them up, and not tear them down; j  I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 k  I will give them a heart to know that I am the  Lord l  and they shall be my people m  and I will be their God n  for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

8But thus says the  Lord: Like o  the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat p  Zedekiah the king of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who q  dwell in the land of Egypt. 9I will make them r  a horror
Compare Septuagint; Hebrew  horror for evil
to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be t  a reproach, u  a byword, v  a taunt, and w  a curse in all the places where I shall drive them.
10And I will send x  sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.”

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