Jeremiah is threatened with death. His sermon is apparently the same as in chapter 7. But this message that “burns in his bones” aggravates the people and the officials so much that they want to kill him.
Thank goodness for the rabbinical tradition of scholarship, at his trial priests can quote word for word Michah from 100 years earlier, saying much the same message. They figure they might be going against the word of God to execute him.
But the text notes the king did not hesitate to track down and kill another prophet who spoke a message of doom like Jeremiah.
So a few things to note:
God told him not to diminish the message. Spin/couching not an option when it’s God’s truth at stake.
His “defense” was to simply trust God. He blamed God, in the sense that he said he had no choice but to deliver his message. He continued to call for their repentance during the trial.
He had a protector, we’re given the name of someone who made sure he was safe. After all, it’s clear the mob were after him as well as the big wigs.
So there’s a guidebook for if ever your faith requires you to go out on a limb.