8 The Neviim who lived before you and me from ancient times prophesied war, disaster, and pestilence against many lands and great kingdoms.
ha-n’-vee-EEM a-SHER ha-YU l’-fa-NAI ul-fa-NE-kha min ha-o-LAM va-yi-na-v’-U el a-ra-TZOT ra-BOT v’-al mam-la-KHOT g’-do-LOT l’-mil-kha-MAH ul-ra-AH ul-DA-ver
ח הַנְּבִיאִים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ לְפָנַי וּלְפָנֶיךָ מִן־הָעוֹלָם וַיִּנָּבְאוּ אֶל־אֲרָצוֹת רַבּוֹת וְעַל־מַמְלָכוֹת גְּדֹלוֹת לְמִלְחָמָה וּלְרָעָה וּלְדָבֶר׃
28:8 Prophesied war, disaster, and pestilence against many lands
Chananya dramatically breaks Yirmiyahu’s symbolic yoke, claiming that the Babylonian empire will be overthrown in two years. Yirmiyahu argues that while this is a more reassuring message, it is false. It is easy to ingratiate oneself with the masses by telling them what they want to hear, but telling them the truth requires courage and the willingness to speak out and become unpopular. The great prophets of Israel uttered their prophecies fearlessly, conveying the divine message without hesitation or fear. Everyone is a messenger of God in this world. One must never hesitate to stand up for God, His people and His land, Eretz Yisrael, even when it seems like an unpopular message.