The Good Figs and the Bad Figs
2 Kgs. 24:12; 2 Chr. 36:10 After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken into exile from Jerusalem #Matt. 1:11; [ch. 22:18, 24, 28] Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, together with #ch. 29:2; 2 Kgs. 24:12, 14 the officials of Judah, the craftsmen, and the metal workers, and had brought them to Babylon, the Lord showed me this vision: behold, #Amos 8:1, 2two baskets of figs placed before the temple of the Lord. 2One basket had very good figs, #[Isa. 28:4] like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had #ch. 29:17very 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, #ch. 29:20whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. 6#[Amos 9:4] I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. #ch. 12:15; 29:10 I will build them up, and not tear them down; #ch. 31:28; 42:10; [ch. 1:10; Amos 9:15]I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7#ch. 32:39; Deut. 30:6; Ezek. 11:19; 36:26, 27 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, #See ch. 30:22; 31:33 and they shall be my people #See ch. 30:22; 31:33 and I will be their God, #ch. 29:13; Joel 2:12, 13for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
8“But thus says the Lord: Like #ver. 2; ch. 29:17 the bad figs that are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat #ch. 21:1 Zedekiah the king of Judah, his officials, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who #See ch. 43–44dwell in the land of Egypt. 9I will make them #See ch. 15:4 a horror#24:9 Compare Septuagint; Hebrew horror for evil to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be #ch. 29:18; 49:13; Neh. 2:17; Isa. 43:28 a reproach, #Deut. 28:37; 2 Chr. 7:20 a byword, #ch. 29:18; 49:13; Neh. 2:17; Isa. 43:28 a taunt, and #ch. 25:18; 26:6; 29:22; 2 Kgs. 22:19a curse in all the places where I shall drive them. 10And I will send #See ch. 14:12sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.”