Jeremiah 38:6-12 NIV

6 So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king's son, which was in the courtyard of the guard.1 They lowered Jeremiah by ropes2 into the cistern; it had no water in it,3 only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.4

References for Jeremiah 38:6

7 But Ebed-Melech,5 a Cushite,a an officialb6 in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. While the king was sitting in the Benjamin Gate,7

References for Jeremiah 38:7

    • c 38:7 - Probably from the upper Nile region
    • d 38:7 - Or "a eunuch"
      8 Ebed-Melech went out of the palace and said to him,
      9 "My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all they have done to Jeremiah the prophet. They have thrown him into a cistern,8 where he will starve to death when there is no longer any bread9 in the city."

      References for Jeremiah 38:9

      10 Then the king commanded Ebed-Melech the Cushite, "Take thirty men from here with you and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies."
      11 So Ebed-Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasury in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from there and let them down with ropes10 to Jeremiah in the cistern.

      References for Jeremiah 38:11

      12 Ebed-Melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, "Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to pad the ropes." Jeremiah did so,