24:2 One basket had very good-looking figs in it. They looked like those that had ripened early. 1 The other basket had very bad-looking figs in it, so bad they could not be eaten. 24:3 The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “I see figs. The good ones look very good. But the bad ones look very bad, so bad that they cannot be eaten.”
24:4 The Lord said to me, 2 24:5 “I, the Lord, the God of Israel, say: ‘The exiles whom I sent away from here to the land of Babylon 3 are like those good figs. I consider them to be good. 24:6 I will look after their welfare 4 and will restore them to this land. There I will build them up and will not tear them down. I will plant them firmly in the land 5 and will not uproot them. 6 24:7 I will give them the desire to acknowledge that I 7 am the Lord. I will be their God and they will be my people. For they will wholeheartedly 8 return to me.’
2 tn Heb “The word of the
5 tn The words “There” and “firmly in the land” are not in the text but are implicit from the connection and the metaphor. They are supplied in the translation for clarity.
7 tn Heb “I will give them a heart to know me that I am the
8 tn Heb “with all their heart.”