Art Resource, New York, NY
Tragically, the people of Judah ignored Jeremiah’s repeated calls for moral and religious reform and his warnings of God’s impending punishment for their apostasy. In 586 B.C., the Babylonian armies under Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem. bringing the kingdom of Judah to an end.
Jeremiah’s laments—passionate outbursts denouncing the corruption and spiritual weakness of a faltering Judah—are remembered in the English word Jeremiad.