Chapter 24

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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.

Commentary for Jeremiah 24

Good and bad figs represent the Jews in captivity, and those who remain in their own land.

- The prophet saw two baskets of figs set before the temple, as offerings of first-fruits. The figs in one basket were very good, those in the other basket very bad. What creature viler than a wicked man? and what more valuable than a godly man? This vision was to raise the spirits of those gone into captivity, by assuring them of a happy return; and to humble and awaken the proud and secure spirits of those yet in Jerusalem, by assuring them of a miserable captivity. The good figs represents the pious captives. We cannot determine as to God's love or hatred by what is before us. Early suffering sometimes proves for the best. The sooner the child is corrected, the better effect the correction is likely to have. Even this captivity was for their good; and God's intentions never are in vain. By afflictions they were convinced of sin, humbled under the hand of God, weaned from the world, taught to pray, and turned from sins, particularly from idolatry. God promises that he will own them in captivity. The Lord will own those who are his, in all conditions. God assures them of his protection in trouble, and a glorious deliverance in due time. When our troubles are sanctified to us, we may be sure that they will end well. They shall return to him with their whole heart. Thus they should have liberty to own him for their God, to pray to him, and expect blessings from him. The bad figs were Zedekiah and those of his party yet in the land. These should be removed for their hurt, and forsaken of all mankind. God has many judgments, and those that escape one, may expect another, till they are brought to repent. Doubtless, this prophecy had its fulfilment in that age; but the Spirit of prophecy may here look forward to the dispersion of the unbelieving Jews, in all the nations of the earth. Let those who desire blessings from the Lord, beg that he will give them a heart to know him.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 24

  • Sharon
    God sees the figs as people both good and evil, as Jesus saw the fig tree, as fruitful from afar and when He came upon it, the tree was not fruitful at all, and he cursed the tree. Jesus saw the tree as the people, who appeared to be fruitful, but they had not the fruit of the spirit. The fig tree had the leaves, but did not produce the fruit. If there is no fruit spiritually, we are dead.
  • Brianna vs. 7
    I look forward to the time that vs. 7 is completely fulfilled. I look forward to having a relationship with my heavenly father, the way he intended it to be.

    Jeremiah 24:7
    And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Jehovah. They will become my people, and I will become their God, for they will return to me with all their heart
  • Irene123
    Compare Jer. 24:6 to 2 Kgs. 22:11; and read the WHOLE story of Josiah; it is really remarkable.
  • Donald stallworth
    God wanted to see his people return from their evil ways and egg knowledge him that he is God and know that he is God alone so I think he was giving them a opportunity to repent for their sins and know that he is there God
  • Andy
    Jehovah will give us “a heart to know” him if we study and apply his Word
  • Agboola Tayo Felix
    Jesus christ is the only way to heaven, so as many that believe in Him till His returning back to take His people, i.e, believers, and His people Israelits, will make it to the land that God the father promised which is heaven,remember He said in verse 7 "I will give them an heart to know me, that i am the Lord....they shall return unto me.while the weaked and the evil doers will end up in heal.
  • Michael C.
    We are not to be drawn away after the seditions of zealots and patriots, like those who relentlessly fought against the Chaldeans and the Romans, and were eventually the cause of their whole country's destruction. The commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ are for our life in all its circumstances, and for everything we are set to encounter. Proud men will hate us for this, but we must fear God.
  • Diesel

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What kind of fruit does the Lord employ for a lesson in Jeremiah 24?
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