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Jeremiah 24:2-10 (New American Standard)

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2 One basket had very good figs, like 1first-ripe figs, and the other basket had 2very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness. 3 Then the LORD said to me, "3What do you see, Jeremiah?" And I said, "Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad figs, very bad, which cannot be eaten due to rottenness." 4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 "Thus says the LORD God of Israel, 'Like these good figs, so I will regard 4as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans. 6 'For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will 5bring them again to this land; and I will 6build them up and not overthrow them, and I will 7plant them and not pluck them up. 7 'I will give them a 8heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be 9My people, and I will be their God, for they will 10return to Me with their whole heart. 8 'But like the 11bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness -indeed, thus says the LORD -so I will aabandon 12Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials, and the 13remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land and the ones who dwell in the land of 14Egypt. 9 'I will 15make them a terror and an evil for all the kingdoms of the earth, as a 16reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a 17curse in all places where I will scatter them. 10 'I will send the 18sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.' "
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