In perfect hindsight, the community now looks back and sees all the joy and peace Jerusalem once had before the LORD judged them. They realize that they are bearing the consequences of their fathers sinning by rejecting the LORD and his covenant. They can only appeal to the LORD to restore them, unless it is too late, and he has utterly rejected them. That is how the book ends – with no promise, only a hope that God will act. Be grateful that the scriptures do not end here.
LORD, thank you for revealing our sad condition without you, and for giving us hope by revealing your plan for our future.