1 The a LORD showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD, after Nebuchadnezzar b king of Babylon had carried away captive c 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 Babylon. 2 One 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 d bad. 3 Then the LORD said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" And I said, "Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad."
4 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: 'Like these good figs, so will I 1 acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. 6 'For I will set My eyes on them for good, and e I will bring them back to this land; f I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. 7 'Then I will give them g a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be h My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me i with their whole heart.
8 'And as the bad j figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad' - surely thus says the LORD - 'so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the k residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and l those who dwell in the land of Egypt. 9 'I will deliver them to m trouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, n to be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them. 10 'And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are 2 consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.' "New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.