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Jeremiah 38:1-6 (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.
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