1Yahweh shown me, and behold, two baskets of figs set before the
temple of Yahweh, after that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away
captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of
Judah, with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to
2One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are
first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten,
they were so bad.
3Then said Yahweh to me, What see you, Jeremiah? I
said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, that can’t be
eaten, they are so bad.
4The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
says Yahweh, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so will I regard the
captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the
Chaldeans, for good.
6For I will set my eyes on 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.
7I will give them a heart
to know me, that I am Yahweh: and they shall be my people, and I will be
their God; for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
bad figs, which can’t be eaten, they are so bad, surely thus says Yahweh, So
will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue
of Jerusalem, who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of
9I will even give them up to be tossed back and forth among all
the kingdoms of the earth for evil; to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt
and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.
10I will send the
sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, until they be consumed
from off the land that I gave to them and to their fathers.