Jeremiah 24

Thomson(i) 1 "Behold the days are coming, saith the Lord, When they shall no more say, "As the Lord liveth who brought up the house of Israel, out of the land of Egypt, " but, "As the Lord liveth who gathered all the seed of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries whither he had driven them and reestablished them in their own land" the Lord shewed me two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord, after Nabuchodonosar the king of Babylon had carried away Jechonias son of Joakim king of Juda and the chiefs and the artisans and the prisoners of war and the rich men from Jerusalem and brought them to Babylon. 2 The one was a basket of very fine figs, such as are first ripe; and the other was a basket of very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten. 3 And the Lord said to me, What seest thou, Jeremias? 4 And I said, Figs. The good figs, very good: and the bad figs, very bad so bad, that they cannot be eaten. 5 Then a word of the Lord came to me saying, Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel, Like these good figs so will I acknowledge for good those banished Jews whom I have sent from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. 6 And I will fix mine eyes upon them for good and re-establish them in this land for good. And I will build them up and not pull them down: 7 and I will plant them and not root them up: and I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God; for they will turn to me with their whole heart. 8 But like those bad figs which for their badness cannot be eaten, thus saith the Lord, So will I deliver up Zedekias king of Juda and his nobles and the remnant of Jerusalem; them who are left in this land and them who dwell in Egypt. 9 Them indeed I will devote to dispersion in all the kingdoms of the earth; and they shall be for a reproach and for a by-word and for a taunt and a curse in every place whither I shall drive them. 10 And I will send against them famine and pestilence and the sword, until they are utterly consumed from this land which I gave them.