24:1 The LORD showed me, and, behold, two a baskets of figs
[were] set before the temple of the LORD, after
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive
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.
(a) The good figs signified them that were gone into
captivity and so saved their life, as in
(Jer 21:8), and the bad figs them that remained,
who were yet subject to the sword, famine and
24:5 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 b place
into the land of the Chaldeans for [their] good.
(b) By which he approves the yielding of Jeconiah and his
company because they obeyed the prophet, who exhorted
them to it.
24:7 And I will give them c an heart to know me, that I [am]
the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
God: for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
(c) Which declares that man of himself can know nothing
till God gives the heart and understanding.
24:8 And as the bad figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so
bad; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah
the king of Judah, and his princes, and the remnant of
Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell
d in the land of Egypt: