Jeremiah 38 (Lexham English Bible)

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Jeremiah is Thrown into the Pit of Malchiah

1 Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchiah heard the words that Jeremiah [was] saying to all the people, {saying},a 2 "Thus says Yahweh, 'The [one who] stays in this city will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the plague. But the [one who] goes out to the Chaldeans will live. And his life will be for him as booty, and he will live.' 3 Thus says Yahweh, 'Surely this city will be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.'" 4 Then the officials said to the king, "Please, this man must be killed, {because}b he [is] making slack the hands of {the soldiers}c who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking to them words like these, for this man [is] not seeking for welfared to this people, {but only}e for harm." 5 And Zedekiah the king said, "Look, he [is] in your hand, for the king is not able [to do] a thing against you." 6 So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the pitf [of] Malchiah, the son of the king, which [was] in the courtyard of the guard. And they let Jeremiah down by ropes. Now in the pitg there was no water,h {but only}i mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud. 7 When Ebed-melech the Cushite, {a eunuch}j who [was] in the house of the king, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the pitk--now the king [was] sitting at the Gate of Benjamin-- 8 Ebed-melech went out from the house of the king and spoke to the king, {saying},l 9 "My lord the king, these men have done evil [in] all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, [in] that they have thrown [him] into the pit,m and he will die {there}n {because of}o starvation, for there is no longer any bread in the city." 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Cushite, {saying},p "Take {with you}q these thirty men and pull Jeremiah the prophet up from the pitr {before}s he dies." 11 So Ebed-melech took the men {with him}t and went [to] the palace of the king, to [a place] beneath the storehouse, and he took from there {rags}u and {worn-out clothes}.v And he let them down into the pitw by ropes to Jeremiah. 12 Then Ebed-melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, "Please put {the rags}x and {worn-out clothes}y under the joints of your arms under the ropes," and Jeremiah did so. 13 And they pulled Jeremiah by the ropes and brought him up from the pit.z And Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard. 14 And Zedekiah the king sent and made someone bring Jeremiah the prophet to him, to [the] third entrance that [was] at the {temple}aa of Yahweh. And the king said to Jeremiah, "I [am] asking you {something},bb you must not hide {anything}cc from me." 15 And Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "If I tell you, will you not surely kill me? {Besides},dd if I advise you, you will not listen to me. 16 So Zedekiah the king swore to Jeremiah in secret, {saying},ee "{As Yahweh lives},ff who has made for us this life, I will not kill you and I will not give you into the hand of these men who are seeking your life." 17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says Yahweh, the God of hosts, the God of Israel, 'If only you will go surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then {you}gg will live, and this city will not be burned with fire, and you will live, you and your house. 18 But if you [do] not go surrender to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they will burn it with fire, and you will not escape from their hand.'" 19 And Zedekiah the king said to Jeremiah, "I [am] afraid of the Judeans who have deserted to the Chaldeans, lest they give me into their hand and they abuse me." 20 And Jeremiah said, "They will not give [you over]. Please obey the voice of Yahweh with regard to what I [am] saying to you, and it will go well with you, and {you}hh will live. 21 But if you [are] refusing to surrender, this [is] the thing that Yahweh has shown me. 22 Now look, all the women who remain in the house of the king of Judah [are] being led out to the officials of the king of Babylon. And look, [they are] saying, '{Your trusted friends} have misled you, and they have prevailed against you. Your feet are stuck in the mud, [so] they turned backward.' 23 And all your wives and your children [will be] led out to the Chaldeans, and you will not escape from their hand, but by the hand of the king of Babylon you will be seized, and this city will burn with fire." 24 And Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "No man must know about these words so that you will not die. 25 And if the officials hear that I have spoken with you, and they come to you and say to you, 'Please tell us what you said to the king. You must not conceal [it] from us so that we will not kill you. And what did the king say to you?' 26 Then you shall say to them, 'I [was] presenting my plea {before}ii the king, to not cause me to return [to] the house of Jonathan to die there.'" 27 And all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him, and he informed them like all these words that the king commanded. So they fell silent, for the {conversation}jj was not heard. 28 And Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard until [the] day that Jerusalem was captured. And it happened that Jerusalem was captured.kk
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