1After1Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon had carriedawaycaptiveJeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the officials of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths from Jerusalem and had brought them to Babylon, the LORDshowed me: behold, two2baskets of figssetbefore the temple of the LORD !
2Onebasket had verygoodfigs, like 3first-ripefigs, and the otherbasket had 4verybadfigswhich could not be eatendue to rottenness.
Then the LORDsaid to me, "5What do you see, Jeremiah ?" And I said, "Figs, the goodfigs, verygood ; and the bad figs, verybad, whichcannot be eatendue to rottenness."
Then the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
5"Thussays the LORDGod of Israel, 'Like thesegoodfigs, so I will regard6as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of thisplace into the land of the Chaldeans.
'For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will 7bring them again to thisland ; and I will 8build them up and not overthrow them, and I will 9plant them and not pluck them up.
'I will give them a 10heart to know Me, for I am the LORD ; and they will be 11My people, and I will be their God, for they will 12return to Me with their wholeheart.
'But like the 13badfigswhichcannot be eatendue to rottenness-indeed, thussays the LORD-so I will aabandon14Zedekiahking of Judah and his officials, and the 15remnant of Jerusalem who remain in thisland and the ones who dwell in the land of 16Egypt.
'I will 17make them a terror and an evil for all the kingdoms of the earth, as a 18reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a 19curse in allplaceswhere I will scatter them.
'I will send the 20sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the landwhich I gave to them and their forefathers.' "