J E R E M I A H.
In the close of the foregoing chapter we had a
general prediction of the utter ruin of Jerusalem, that it should
be forsaken and forgotten, which, whatever effect it had upon
others, we have reason to think made the prophet himself very
melancholy. Now, in this chapter, God encourages him, by showing
him that, though the desolation seemed to be universal, yet all
were not equally involved in it, but God knew how to distinguish,
how to separate, between the precious and the vile. Some had gone
into captivity already with Jeconiah; over them Jeremiah lamented,
but God tells him that it should turn to their good. Others yet
remained hardened in their sins, against whom Jeremiah had a just
indignation; but those, God tells him, should go into captivity,
and it should prove to their hurt. To inform the prophet of this,
and affect him with it, here is, I. A vision of two baskets of
figs, one very good and the other very bad, ver. 1-3. II. The explication of this
vision, applying the good figs to those that were already sent into
captivity for their good (ver.
4-7), the bad figs to those that should hereafter be
sent into captivity for their hurt, ver. 8-10.