Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the 1son of Shelemiah, and 2Pashhur the son of Malchijahheard the words that Jeremiah was speaking to all the people, saying,
2"Thussays the LORD, 'He who 3stays in thiscity 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"Thussays the LORD, 'Thiscity will certainly be 6given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.' "
Then the 7officialssaid to the king, "Now let thisman be put to death, inasmuch as he is a8discouraging the men of war who are left in thiscity and ball the people, by speakingsuchwords to them; for thisman9is not seeking the well-being of thispeople but rather their harm."
So KingZedekiahsaid, "Behold, he is in your chands; for the king10can do nothing against you."
Then they tookJeremiah and cast him into the 11cistern of Malchijah the king'sson, which was in the court of the guardhouse; and they letJeremiahdown with ropes. Now in the cisternthere was nowater but only12mud, and Jeremiahsank into the mud.
But 13Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, da 14eunuch, while he was in the king'spalace, heard that they had putJeremiah into the cistern. Now the king was sitting in the 15Gate of Benjamin;