The Good Figs and the Bad Figs1 aAfter Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken into exile from Jerusalem bJeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, together with cthe officials of Judah, the craftsmen, and the metal workers, and had brought them to Babylon, the Lord showed me this vision: behold, dtwo baskets of figs placed before the temple of the Lord. 2One basket had very good figs, elike first-ripe figs, but the other basket had fvery 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: 5“Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, gwhom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. 6 hI will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. iI will build them up, and not tear them down; jI will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 kI will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, land they shall be my people mand I will be their God, nfor they shall return to me with their whole heart.
8“But thus says the Lord: Like othe bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat pZedekiah the king of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who qdwell in the land of Egypt. 9I will make them ra horror ▼
▼Compare Septuagint; Hebrew horror for evilto all the kingdoms of the earth, to be ta reproach, ua byword, va taunt, and wa curse in all the places where I shall drive them. 10And I will send xsword, 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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