THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Zedekiah and the Jews shall be cursed and scattered—Some shall be gathered back from Chaldea to serve the Lord.
shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were
set before the temple of the Lord
, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of aJehoiakim
king of Judah, and the bprinces
of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to cBabylon
One basket had
very good figs, even
like the afigs that are
first ripe: and the other basket had
figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
Then said the Lord unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
¶ Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Thus saith the Lord
, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their agood
For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will abring
them again to this bland
: and I will build them, and not pull them
down; and I will cplant
them, and not pluck them
And I will give them an aheart
to know me, that I am
: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
¶ And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the Lord
, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the aresidue
of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their
hurt, to be
and a proverb, a taunt and a bcurse
, in all places whither I shall drive them.
And I will send the sword, the afamine
, and the pestilence, among them, till they be bconsumed
from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.