Just reading in Jeremiah. Israel had been captured by Babylon. A remnant of the population was left.
Jeremiah warns the remnant not to try to escape to Egypt, their common practice. God will take care of them in Israel, he says.
The people reject him, and specifically, God.
One man, Jeremiah's scribe, feels the rejection deeply and complains "Woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain."
God tells Jeremiah to tell him: "Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up - that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD."
The ESV Study Bible notes on this passage say: "God informs Baruch that he (God) has lost much more than Baruch has. God has lost all he had built and planted - Israel's people and land."
I know, as of this writing, that it's not over. But what a mess. How could it be so close? How could we be so divided?
Jeremiah chapter 45.