But 1Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, aa 2eunuch, while he was in the king'spalace, heard that they had putJeremiah into the cistern. Now the king was sitting in the 3Gate of Benjamin;
and Ebed-melechwent out from the king'spalace and spoke to the king, saying,
"My lord the king, thesemen have actedwickedly in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophetwhom they have cast into the cistern; and he bwill dierightwhere he is because of the famine, for there is 4nomorebread in the city."
Then the kingcommandedEbed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, "Takethirtymen from herecunder your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cisternbefore he dies."
So Ebed-melechtook the men under his dauthority and went into the king'spalace to a place beneath the storeroom and took from thereworn-outclothes and worn-outrags and let them down by ropes into the cistern to Jeremiah.
Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopiansaid to Jeremiah, "Nowput these worn-outclothes and ragsunder your armpitsunder the ropes "; and Jeremiahdidso.
So they pulledJeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiahstayed in the 5court of the guardhouse.