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Jeremiah 24

Good and Bad Figs
 1  After King Nebuchadnezzar [1]  of Babylon exiled Jehoiachin [1]  son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon along with the officials of Judah and all the craftsmen and artisans, the LORD gave me this vision. I saw two baskets of figs placed in front of the LORD's Temple in Jerusalem.  2  One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with bad figs that were too rotten to eat.
   3  Then the LORD said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
  I replied, "Figs, some very good and some very bad, too rotten to eat."
   4  Then the LORD gave me this message:  5  "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: The good figs represent the exiles I sent from Judah to the land of the Babylonians. [5]   6  I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them.  7  I will give them hearts that recognize me as the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.
   8  "But the bad figs," the LORD said, "represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like bad figs, too rotten to eat.  9  I will make them an object of horror and a symbol of evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I scatter them.  10  And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors."
<<  24:1a Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar. 24:1b Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
<<  24:5 Or Chaldeans.