After Jehoiachina1 son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the craftsmen and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs2 placed in front of the temple of the LORD.
One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early;3 the other basket had very poor4 figs, so bad they could not be eaten.
Then the LORD asked me, "What do you see,5 Jeremiah?" "Figs," I answered. "The good ones are very good, but the poor ones are so bad they cannot be eaten."