"My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they did to Jeremiah the prophet by casting him into the cistern, and he will die there of 1hunger, 2for there is no bread left in the city."
Then the king commanded 3Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, "Take thirty men with you from here, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."
So 4Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the house of the king, to a wardrobe in the storehouse, and took from there old rags and worn-out clothes, which he let down to Jeremiah in the cistern 5by ropes.
Then 6Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, "Put the rags and clothes between your armpits and 7the ropes." Jeremiah did so.
Then they drew Jeremiah up with 8ropes and lifted him out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the 9court of the guard.
King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah the prophet and received him at the third entrance of the temple of the LORD. The king said to Jeremiah, "I will ask you a question; hide nothing from me."
Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "If I tell you, will you not surely put me to death? And if I give you counsel, you will not listen to me."
Then King Zedekiah swore 10secretly to Jeremiah, 11"As the LORD lives, 12who made our souls, I will not put you to death or deliver you into the hand of 13these men who seek your life."
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: 14If you will surrender to 15the officials of the king of Babylon, 16then your life shall be spared, and this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live.
But if you do not surrender to 17the officials of the king of Babylon, 18then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, 19and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand."
King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I am afraid of the Judeans 20who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest I be handed over to them and they deal cruelly with me."