The choice was offered to the prophet.
Would he prefer to remain with the poorest of the poor that even the king of Babylon spurned? Or would he decide to accompany the captain to Babylon where he would be generously cared for?
Jeremiah chose the path of privation, of hardship, of adversity. Why?
Because status and wealth on earth has no effect upon God’s estimate of your value. The orphan child or penniless widow are held in equal esteem with the kings of nations. Nay, perhaps more. Because the hearts of poverty are often receptive hearts.
And so Jeremiah remains among the few. Because here he knows his hearers will be more open-minded.
Never despise the poor, the few. It may just be where God is calling you.