So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard.1 They lowered Jeremiah by ropes2 into the cistern; it had no water in it,3 only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.47
But Ebed-Melech,5 a Cushite,a an officialb6 in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate,78
Ebed-Melech went out of the palace and said to him,
"My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern,8 where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread9 in the city."
Then the king commanded Ebed-Melech the Cushite, "Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."
So Ebed-Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasury in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from there and let them down with ropes10 to Jeremiah in the cistern.
Ebed-Melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, "Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes." Jeremiah did so,