The LORD shewed52 me, and, behold, two baskets of figs [were] set94 before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive53 Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought55 them to Babylon.
One basket [had] very good figs, [even] like the figs [that are] first ripe: and the other basket [had] very naughty figs, which could not be eaten,11 they were so bad.
Then said4 the LORD unto me, What seest6 thou, Jeremiah? And I said,4 Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten,11 they are so evil.
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2
Thus saith1 the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge55 them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent14 out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for [their] good.
For I will set1 mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again52 to this land: and I will build1 them, and not pull [them] down;4 and I will plant1 them, and not pluck [them] up.4
And I will give1 them an heart to know2 me, that I [am] the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return4 unto me with their whole heart.
And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten,11 they are so evil; surely thus saith1 the LORD, So will I give4 Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain12 in this land, and them that dwell6 in the land of Egypt:
And I will deliver1 them to be removed 2113 into all the kingdoms of the earth for [their] hurt, [to be] a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive55 them.
And I will send14 the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed2 from off the land that I gave1 unto them and to their fathers.