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.
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.
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.
4Again the word
of the LORD came unto me, saying,
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.
6For 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 them up.
7And 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.
8And 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:
9And 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 drive them.
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.