Jeremiah had some courage. Jerusalem would still have been in shock over the loss of her king, Jehoiachin, her material wealth, and some 10,000 of the finest young men. In all this, Jeremiah told those left behind in Jerusalem, including the king and his officials, that they were like inedible, rotten figs:
Jeremiah 24:8-10 But the bad figs represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like bad figs, too rotten to eat.
I will make them an object of horror and a symbol of evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I scatter them. And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors