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Jeremiah 24

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Jeremiah 24

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.

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.

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.

4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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Summary and the Meaning of Jeremiah Chapter 24

Jeremiah 24 is a chapter in the book of Jeremiah that offers a profound symbolic message using a vision of two baskets of figs. The chapter is short, comprising only ten verses, but it is rich in meaning and symbolism. It portrays the divine judgment and future restoration of the nation of Israel. The chapter uses the imagery of good and bad figs to symbolize the Israelites who were exiled to Babylon and those who remained in Jerusalem and Judah, respectively. This essay seeks to delve into the thematic depth of Jeremiah 24, exploring the themes of divine judgment, exile, repentance, and restoration.

The Vision of the Two Baskets of Figs

Jeremiah 24 begins with a vision of two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord. This vision came to Jeremiah after Jehoiachin, the king of Judah, and the officials of Judah, along with the craftsmen and metalworkers, had been exiled to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. One basket contained good figs, like the first ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten. This vision serves as a symbolic representation of the people of Judah. The good figs represent the exiles in Babylon, while the bad figs represent Zedekiah, the king of Judah, his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remained in the land.

Interpretation of the Vision: The Good and Bad Figs

In the vision, God gives Jeremiah the interpretation of the two baskets of figs. The good figs, God says, represent the exiles whom He has sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon. This group of people, though exiled, are under the protective watch of God. He promises to look after them and bring them back to the land of Judah. God also promises to give them a heart to know Him, that He is the Lord. They will be His people, and He will be their God, for they will return to Him with their whole heart.

On the other hand, the bad figs represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem. These are the ones who have chosen to remain in the land and have not listened to God’s command to go into exile. For them, God promises disaster. He will make them a horror and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth. They will be a reproach, a byword, a taunt, and a curse in all the places where He will drive them. The contrasting symbolism of the good and bad figs underscores the theme of divine judgment and God's sovereignty in determining the fate of nations.

The Theme of Exile and Divine Judgment

A significant theme in Jeremiah 24 is the theme of exile and divine judgment. The Israelites' exile to Babylon was not merely a political or military event. It was a divine judgment for their persistent rebellion and disobedience towards God. The exile served as a tool of punishment, but also as a means of purification, intended to lead the people back to God. The good figs, the exiles, are portrayed as objects of God's mercy. Despite their physical displacement, they are under God's watchful care, promising them a future return to their homeland. This promise of return underlines another crucial theme in the book of Jeremiah – the theme of future hope and restoration.

The Theme of Repentance and Restoration

In the midst of the harsh realities of divine judgment and exile, Jeremiah 24 also carries a message of hope. God promises to give the exiles "a heart to know that I am the Lord." This statement signifies the transformative work that God intends to do in their hearts during the period of exile. It is a promise of spiritual renewal and restoration. The exiles will return to God wholeheartedly and will be restored to their land. They will once again become God's people, and He will be their God. In this way, the chapter underscores the theme of repentance and restoration, reminding us that God's ultimate aim in judging His people is to bring about their repentance and spiritual transformation.


In summary, Jeremiah 24 is a powerful exposition of God's divine judgment and His promise of restoration. The chapter uses the symbolic vision of two baskets of figs to portray the contrasting destinies of the exiles in Babylon and those who remained in Judah. The themes of divine judgment, exile, repentance, and restoration are vividly presented in this chapter. Despite the harshness of divine judgment, God's mercy and His intention to restore His people to a right relationship with Him shine through. The chapter serves as a potent reminder that God, in His sovereignty, uses even difficult circumstances like exile to accomplish His redemptive purposes.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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