Jeremiah 38:1-16 (New American Standard)

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Jeremiah Thrown into the Cistern

1 Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the 1son of Shelemiah, and 2Pashhur the son of Malchijah heard the words that Jeremiah was speaking to all the people, saying, 2 "Thus says the LORD, 'He who 3stays in this city will die by the 4sword and by famine and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans will live and have his own 5life as booty and stay alive.' 3 "Thus says the LORD, 'This city will certainly be 6given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.' " 4 Then the 7officials said to the king, "Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is a8discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and ball the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man 9is not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm." 5 So King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your chands; for the king 10can do nothing against you." 6 Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the 11cistern of Malchijah the king's son, which was in the court of the guardhouse; and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern there was no water but only 12mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud. 7 But 13Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, da 14eunuch, while he was in the king's palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. Now the king was sitting in the 15Gate of Benjamin; 8 and Ebed-melech went out from the king's palace and spoke to the king, saying, 9 "My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet whom they have cast into the cistern; and he ewill die right where he is because of the famine, for there is 16no more bread in the city." 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, "Take thirty men from here funder your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies." 11 So Ebed-melech took the men under his gauthority and went into the king's palace to a place beneath the storeroom and took from there worn-out clothes and worn-out rags and let them down by ropes into the cistern to Jeremiah. 12 Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, "Now put these worn-out clothes and rags under your armpits under the ropes "; and Jeremiah did so. 13 So they pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the 17court of the guardhouse. 14 Then King Zedekiah 18sent and hhad Jeremiah the prophet brought to him at the third entrance that is in the house of the LORD; and the king said to Jeremiah, "I am going to 19ask you something; do not hide anything from me." 15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "20If I tell you, will you not certainly put me to death? Besides, if I give you advice, you will not listen to me." 16 But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in 21secret saying, "As the LORD lives, who made this i22life for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of 23these men who are seeking your jlife."
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