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Jer 24:1-10. THE RESTORATION OF THE CAPTIVES IN BABYLON AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE REFRACTORY PARTY IN JUDEA AND IN EGYPT, REPRESENTED UNDER THE TYPE OF A BASKET OF GOOD, AND ONE OF BAD, FIGS.
1. Lord showed me--
Am 7:1, 4, 7; 8:1,
contains the same formula, with the addition of "thus" prefixed.
2. figs . . . first ripe--the "boccora," or early fig (see on Isa 28:4). Baskets of figs used to be offered as first-fruits in the temple. The good figs represent Jeconiah and the exiles in Babylon; the bad, Zedekiah and the obstinate Jews in Judea. They are called good and bad respectively, not in an absolute, but a comparative sense, and in reference to the punishment of the latter. This prophecy was designed to encourage the despairing exiles, and to reprove the people at home, who prided themselves as superior to those in Babylon and abused the forbearance of God (compare Jer 52:31-34).
5. acknowledge--regard with favor, like as thou lookest on the
good figs favorably.
(Jer 30:22; 31:33; 32:38).
Their conversion from idolatry to the one true God, through the
chastening effect of the Babylonish captivity, is here expressed in
language which, in its fulness, applies to the more complete conversion
hereafter of the Jews, "with their whole heart"
through the painful discipline of their present dispersion. The source
of their conversion is here stated to be God's prevenient grace.
8. in . . . Egypt--Many Jews had fled for refuge to Egypt, which was leagued with Judea against Babylon.