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Jeremiah 24



1Under the type of good and bad figs,
4he foreshews the restoration of them that were in captivity;
8and the desolation of Zedekiah and the rest.

Verse 1
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 Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
A. M. 3406. B.C. 598. Lord
Amos 3:7; 7:1,4,7; 8:1; Zechariah 1:20; 3:1
Deuteronomy 26:2-4
22:24-28; 29:2; 2 Kings 24:12-16; 2 Chronicles 36:10; Ezekiel 19:9
1 Samuel 13:19,20

Verse 2
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
One basket
5-7; Hosea 9:10; Micah 7:1
first ripe
The boccore, or figs of the early sort; perhaps those which are ripe about six weeks before the full season, which are reckoned a great dainty. See Note on Isa 28:4.
The winter fig, probably, then in its crude or unripe state.
8-10; Isaiah 5:4,7; Ezekiel 15:2-5; Malachi 1:12-14; Matthew 5:13
they were so bad
Heb. for badness.

Verse 3
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.
1:11-14; 1 Samuel 9:9; Amos 7:8; 8:2; Zechariah 4:2; 5:2,5-11; Matthew 25:32,33

Verse 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 place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
I acknowledge
Nahum 1:7; Zechariah 13:9; Matthew 25:12; John 10:27; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:19
them that are carried away captive
Heb. the captivity. for.
Deuteronomy 8:16; Psalms 94:12-14; 119:67,71; Romans 8:28; Hebrews 12:5-10; Revelation 3:19

Verse 6
For I will set mine eyes upon 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.
For I will
21:10; Deuteronomy 11:12; 2 Chronicles 16:9; Nehemiah 5:19; Job 33:27,28; Psalms 34:15; 1 Peter 3:12
and I will bring
12:15; 23:3; 29:10; 32:37; Ezekiel 11:15-17; 36:24
I will build
1:10; 18:7-9; 32:41; 33:7; 42:10

Verse 7
And I will give them 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 unto me with their whole heart.
I will give
31:33,34; 32:39; Deuteronomy 30:6; Ezekiel 11:19,20; 36:24-28
and they
30:22; 31:33; 32:38; Deuteronomy 26:17-19; Ezekiel 37:23,27; Zechariah 8:8; 13:9; Hebrews 8:10; 11:16
for they
3:10; 29:12-14; Deuteronomy 4:29-31; 30:2-5; 1 Samuel 7:3; 1 Kings 8:46-50; 2 Chronicles 6:38; Isaiah 55:6,7; Hosea 14:1-3; Romans 6:17

Verse 8
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 residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
2,5; 29:16-18
So will
21:10; 32:28,29; 34:17-22; 37:10,17; 38:18-23; 39:2-9; 52:2-11; Ezekiel 12:12-16; 17:11-21
and them

Verse 9
And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
to be removed
Heb. for removing, or vexation.
15:4; 34:17; Deuteronomy 28:25,37,65-67; Ezekiel 5:1,2,12,13
to be a
19:8; 25:18; 26:6; 42:18; 44:12,22; 1 Kings 9:7; 2 Chronicles 7:20; Psalms 44:13,14; Lamentations 2:15-17; Ezekiel 25:3; 26:2; 36:2,3
a curse
29:18,22; Psalms 109:18,19; Isaiah 65:15

Verse 10
And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.
5:12; 9:16; 14:15,16; 15:2; 16:4; 19:7; 34:17; Isaiah 51:19; Ezekiel 5:12-17; Ezekiel 6:12-14; 7:15; 14:12-21; 33:27


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 24:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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