Jehoiakim kills the prophet Uriah and his people threaten to kill Jeremiah for prophesying the destruction of the Temple, but older, wise men who remembered King Hezekiah come to Jeremiah’s rescue; Jeremiah prophesies Judah’s seventy years of captivity : Jeremiah 20; 26:7–24; 25:1–14
God gave His people one chance after another. Even then, with the prophets, priests and people wanting to kill Jeremiah for God’s words, God was still offering relief:
Jeremiah 26:13 But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you.
Some wise old men remembered a similarly negative prophecy from Micah, and the response of King Hezekiah:
Jeremiah 26:1913 But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshiped the Lord. They begged him for mercy. Then the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had pronounced against them. So we are about to do ourselves great harm.
Jeremiah lived; but Judah failed to repent and so missed an opportunity.