Jeremiah 24:2
New International Version
One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten.

New Living Translation
One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with bad figs that were too rotten to eat.

English Standard Version
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten.

Berean Study Bible
One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early, but the other basket contained very poor figs, so bad they could not be eaten.

New American Standard Bible
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness.

New King James Version
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
One basket contained very good figs, like early figs, but the other basket contained very bad figs, so bad they were inedible.

Contemporary English Version
One basket was full of very good figs that ripened early, and the other was full of rotten figs that were not fit to eat.

Good News Translation
The first basket contained good figs, those that ripen early; the other one contained bad figs, too bad to eat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One basket contained very good figs, like early figs, but the other basket contained very bad figs, so bad they were inedible.

International Standard Version
One basket contained very good figs like the first figs that ripen on the tree. The other basket contained very bad figs that were too bad to be eaten.

NET Bible
One basket had very good-looking figs in it. They looked like those that had ripened early. The other basket had very bad-looking figs in it, so bad they could not be eaten.

New Heart English Bible
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One basket had very good figs, like figs that ripen first. The other basket had very bad figs. These figs were so bad that they couldn't be eaten.

JPS Tanakh 1917
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

New American Standard 1977
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten due to rottenness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very evil figs, which could not be eaten, they were so evil.

King James 2000 Bible
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The one basket was full of very good figs, as the early figs; and the other basket was full of very bad figs, which could not be eaten, for their badness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One basket had very good figs, like the figs of the first season: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, because they were bad.

Darby Bible Translation
One basket had very good figs, like the figs first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten for badness.

English Revised Version
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Webster's Bible Translation
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very poor figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

World English Bible
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Young's Literal Translation
In the one basket are figs very good, like the first-ripe figs, and in the other basket are figs very bad, that are not eaten for badness.
Study Bible
The Good and Bad Figs
1After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, as well as the officials of Judah and the craftsmen and metalsmiths from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon, the LORD showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the LORD. 2One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early, but the other basket contained very poor figs, so bad they could not be eaten. 3“Jeremiah,” the LORD asked, “what do you see?” “Figs!” I replied. “The good figs are very good, but the bad figs are very bad, so bad they cannot be eaten.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:4
What more could have been done for My vineyard that I did not already do in it? Why, when I waited for it to yield good grapes, did it bring forth sour fruit?

Isaiah 5:7
For the vineyard of the LORD of Hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the plant of his delight. He looked for justice but saw injustice; for righteousness, but heard a cry of distress.

Jeremiah 29:17
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "I will send against them sword, famine, and plague, and I will make them like rotten figs, so bad that they cannot be eaten.

Hosea 9:10
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness. I saw your fathers as the firstfruits of the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal-peor, and consecrated themselves to Shame; so they became as detestable as the thing they loved.

Micah 7:1
Woe is me! For I am like one gathering summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster to eat, no early fig that I crave.

Nahum 3:12
All your fortresses are fig trees with the first ripe figs; when shaken, they fall into the mouth of the eater!

Treasury of Scripture

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.

Jeremiah 24:5-7
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…

Hosea 9:10
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Micah 7:1
Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

first ripe.

Isaiah 28:4
And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

naughty.

Jeremiah 24:8-10
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: …

Isaiah 5:4,7
What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? …

Ezekiel 15:2-5
Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? …

they were so bad.







Lexicon
One
אֶחָ֗ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

basket
הַדּ֣וּד (had·dūḏ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1731: A pot, a basket

[had] very
מְאֹ֔ד (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily

good
טֹב֣וֹת (ṭō·ḇō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

figs,
תְּאֵנִים֙ (tə·’ê·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8384: Of foreign derivation, the fig

like those that ripen early,
כִּתְאֵנֵ֖י (kiṯ·’ê·nê)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8384: Of foreign derivation, the fig

but the other
אֶחָ֗ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

basket
וְהַדּ֣וּד (wə·had·dūḏ)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1731: A pot, a basket

contained very
מְאֹ֔ד (mə·’ōḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3966: Vehemence, vehemently, wholly, speedily

poor
רָע֣וֹת (rā·‘ō·wṯ)
Adjective - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

figs,
תְּאֵנִים֙ (tə·’ê·nîm)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8384: Of foreign derivation, the fig

so bad
מֵרֹֽעַ׃ (mê·rō·a‘)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7455: Badness, evil

they could not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

be eaten.
תֵֽאָכַ֖לְנָה (ṯê·’ā·ḵal·nāh)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat
(2) Like the figs that are first ripe.--Figs were usually gathered in August. The "first ripe," the "summer fruits" of Micah 7:1, the "hasty fruit before the summer" (Isaiah 28:4; Hosea 9:10) were looked upon as a choice delicacy. The "naughty" (i.e., worthless) fruits were those that had been left behind on the tree, bruised and decayed. The word was not confined in the 16th century to the language of the nursery, and was applied freely to things as well as persons. So North's translation of Plutarch speaks of men "fighting on naughty ground."

"So shines a good deed in a naughty world."

SHAKESPEARE, Merchant of Venice, v. 1.

Verse 2. - Like the figs that are first ripe. The early spring fig was considered a special delicacy (comp. Isaiah 27:4; Hosea 9:10); "ficus praecox," Pliny calls it ('Hist. Nat.,' 15:19, quoted by Trench). Tristram suggests that the "bad figs" were those of a sycamore tree. 24:1-10 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.
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