Chapter 19: Eating Flesh?
Judah and Jerusalem will be broken as a potter’s vessel, because they have forsaken the Lord. The Lord will cause evil to fall upon them and the land will be made desolate, and the people will eat the flesh of their children.
“…I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness…” (Jeremiah 19:9) Because of their evil the will be forced to resort as a last means of survival to eat those who have perished.
Chapter 20: Jeremiah is smitten
Pashur, governor of the temple, smites Jeremiah and places him in the stocks. When Jeremiah is taken from the stocks, he curses Pashur, and tells him he will die in captivity. Jeremiah resolves to prophesy no more, but the word of the Lord is in his heart like a burning flame, and he is not able to stop prophesying. He prophesies that all Judah shall be taken captive to Babylon. In a very Job-like manner, Jeremiah curses the day he was born.