Let's turn to the book of history, IIChronicles 36: 15-21
"And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messingers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people (Israel) and on his dwelling place:"
"But they mocked the messengers of God, and depicted his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy, "
"Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young men or maiden, old men, or him that stooped for age : he gave them all into his hand."
"And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.
Jeremiah the prophet had spoken scalding words of God's judgment and condemnation. But he had also spoken of God's continuing love for his exiled people, and of their eventual return (Jeremiah 24:4-7).