v 15 Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. I, the Lord, have spoken!
Jeremiah had not been born when the events surrounding the earlier siege of Jerusalem took place. But by now, the Assyrian Empire was shrinking, and a new power was emerging to the north – Babylon. Jeremiah was about to live through difficult days. We are going to find him at odds with the leaders in Jerusalem, who believed fervently that God would again intervene to prevent the city falling into enemy hands. Other so-called prophets reinforced a message of hope, leaving Jeremiah to sound like a doom-monger as he alone foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and a period of exile. God’s promise to him was both ominous and yet reassuring. ‘They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” ‘ (v 19)