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Jeremiah 24:3-10 (New International Version)

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3 Then the LORD asked me, "What do you see,1 Jeremiah?" "Figs," I answered. "The good ones are very good, but the poor ones are so bad they cannot be eaten." 4 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 5 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent2 away from this place to the land of the Babylonians.a 6 My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back3 to this land. I will build4 them up and not tear them down; I will plant5 them and not uproot them. 7 I will give them a heart to know6 me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people,7 and I will be their God, for they will return8 to me with all their heart.9 8 " 'But like the poor10 figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,' says the LORD, 'so will I deal with Zedekiah11 king of Judah, his officials12 and the survivors13 from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt.14 9 I will make them abhorrent15 and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword,16 an object of ridicule and cursing,17 wherever I banish18 them. 10 I will send the sword,19 famine20 and plague21 against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their fathers.22' "
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