Jeremiah 24

The Good Figs and the Bad Figs

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.' "

  1. Cross References
    Amos 7:1
    Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, He formed locust swarms at the beginning of the late crop; indeed it was the late crop after the king's mowings.
    Amos 7:4
    Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, the Lord GOD called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory.
    Amos 8:1
    Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 24:12 - 16
    Then Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon; and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.
    2 Chronicles 36:10
    At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the LORD, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim's brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 22:24 - 28
    As I live," says the LORD, "though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet on My right hand, yet I would pluck you off.
    Jeremiah 29:2
    (This happened after Jeconiah the king, the queen mother, the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem.)
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:4
    What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
    Isaiah 5:7
    For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, And the men of Judah are His pleasant plant. He looked for justice, but behold, oppression; For righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
    Jeremiah 29:17
    Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will send on them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like rotten figs that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 12:15
    Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them and bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.
    Jeremiah 29:10
    For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.
    Ezekiel 11:17
    "Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."'
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 32:41
    'Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.'
    Jeremiah 33:7
    And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first.
    Jeremiah 42:10
    If you will still remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up. For I relent concerning the disaster that I have brought upon you.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 30:6
    And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
    Jeremiah 32:39
    Then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
    Ezekiel 11:19
    Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:26
    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
    Ezekiel 36:27
    I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 51:16
    And I have put My words in your mouth; I have c...
    Jeremiah 30:22
    'You shall be My people, And I will be your God.'"
    Jeremiah 31:33
    But this is the covenant that I will make with ...
    Jeremiah 32:38
    They shall be My people, and I will be their God.
    Ezekiel 14:11
    "that the house of Israel may no longer stray f...
    Zechariah 8:8
    I will bring them back, And they shall dwell in...
    Hebrews 8:10
    For this is the covenant that I will make with ...
  9. Cross References
    1 Samuel 7:3
    Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.
    Psalms 119:2
    Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!
    Jeremiah 29:13
    And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
  10. Cross References
    Jeremiah 29:17
    Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will send on them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like rotten figs that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
  11. Cross References
    Jeremiah 39:9
    Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive to Babylon the remnant of the people who remained in the city and those who defected to him, with the rest of the people who remained.
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 44:1
    The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews who dwell in the land of Egypt, who dwell at Migdol, at Tahpanhes, at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying.
    Jeremiah 44:26 - 30
    "Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, 'that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "The Lord GOD lives."
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:25
    The LORD will cause you to be defeated before y...
    Deuteronomy 28:37
    And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb...
    1 Kings 9:7
    Then I will cut off Israel from the land which ...
    2 Chronicles 7:20
    Then I will uproot them from My land which I ha...
    Jeremiah 15:4
    I will hand them over to trouble, to all kingdo...
    Jeremiah 29:18
    And I will pursue them with the sword, with fam...
    Jeremiah 34:17
    Therefore thus says the LORD: 'You have not obe...
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 44:13
    You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
    Psalms 44:14
    You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples.
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