1After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the officials of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon, Yahweh showed me a vision, and behold, there were two baskets of figs placed in front of Yahweh’s temple.
2One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs that could not be eaten because they were so bad.
3Then Yahweh said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I said, “Figs; the good figs, very good, and the bad, very bad, that cannot be eaten because they are so bad.”
4Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
5“This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.
6For I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again to this land, and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
7I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Yahweh, and they will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with their whole heart.
8As the bad figs, that cannot be eaten they are so bad, surely this is what Yahweh says: In this way I will abandon Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his officials, and the residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt.
9I will even make them an object of horror and evil among all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places where I will drive them.
10I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, until they are consumed from off the land that I gave to them and to their fathers.”