Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah,heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people,saying ,
Thus saith the LORD, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live ; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live .
Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon'sarmy, which shall take it.
Therefore the princessaid unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death : for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this manseeketh not the welfarea of this people, but the hurt.5
Then Zedekiah the kingsaid , Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.
Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech,b that was in the court of the prison: and they let downJeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiahsunk in the mire.7
Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian,one of the eunuchs which was in the king'shouse,heard that they had putJeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;8Ebedmelech went forth out of the king'shouse, and spake to the king,saying ,
My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to dieforhunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.10
Then the kingcommandedEbedmelech the Ethiopian,saying , Take from hence thirtymen with thee,c and take upJeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die .
So Ebedmelechtook the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.12
And Ebedmelech the Ethiopiansaid unto Jeremiah,Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholesunder the cords. And Jeremiahdid so.
So they drew upJeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiahremained in the court of the prison.14
Then Zedekiah the kingsent , and tookJeremiah the prophet unto him into the thirddentry that is in the house of the LORD: and the kingsaid unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing;hide nothing from me.
Then Jeremiahsaid unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death ? and if I give thee counsel , wilt thou not hearken unto me?
So Zedekiah the kingswaresecretly unto Jeremiah,saying , As the LORDliveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death , neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.17
Then saidJeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon'sprinces, then thy soul shall live , and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live , and thine house:18
But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon'sprinces, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.19
And Zedekiah the kingsaid unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.
But Jeremiahsaid , They shall not deliver thee. Obey , I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live .
But if thou refuse to go forth , this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me:
And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah'shouse shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon'sprinces, and those women shall say , Thy friendsehave set thee on , and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned awayback.23
So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.24
Then saidZedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no manknow of these words, and thou shalt not die .
But if the princeshear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king,hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death ; also what the kingsaid unto thee:
Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplicationbefore the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan'shouse, to die there.
Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded . So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived .
So Jeremiahabode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken : and he was there when Jerusalem was taken .