New Defender's Study Bible Notes
21:2 Inquire. Such a request was presumptuous in the extreme. God had already spoken repeatedly; Zedekiah’s brother, king Jehoiachin, had already been taken captive to Babylon, and Jeremiah had warned the people for years; yet neither Zedekiah nor the people as a whole had repented of their evil ways. Yet, now Zedekiah still wanted Jeremiah to have him excused.
21:9 falleth to the Chaldeans. Jeremiah’s counsel to surrender rather than fight might seem unpatriotic and cowardly, or even treasonous had he not been warning the people and their leaders for many years that all this was coming if they did not repent and return to God. Now God was still offering them a way at least to save their lives, but they still would not heed.