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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 son R1928 of Shelemiah, and Pashhur R1929 the son of Malchijah heard the words that Jeremiah was speaking to all the people, saying, 2 "Thus says the LORD, `He who stays R1930 in this city will die by the sword R1931 and by famine and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans will live and have his own life R1932 as booty and stay alive.' 3 "Thus says the LORD, `This city will certainly be given R1933 into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.' " 4 Then the officials R1934 said to the king, "Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is discouraging R1935 F367 the men of war who are left in this city and all F368 the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man is R1936 not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm." 5 So King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your hands; F369 for the king can R1937 do nothing against you." 6 Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern R1938 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 mud, R1939 and Jeremiah sank into the mud. 7 But Ebed-melech R1940 the Ethiopian, a F370 eunuch, R1941 while he was in the king's palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. Now the king was sitting in the Gate R1942 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 will F371 die right where he is because of the famine, for there is no R1943 more bread in the city." 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, "Take thirty men from here under F372 your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies." 11 So Ebed-melech took the men under his authority F373 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 court R1944 of the guardhouse.

14 Then King Zedekiah sent R1945 and had F374 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 ask R1946 you something; do not hide anything from me." 15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "If R1947 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 secret R1948 saying, "As the LORD lives, who made this life R1949 F375 for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these R1950 men who are seeking your life." F375

Interview with Zedekiah

17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus says the LORD God R1951 of hosts, the God R1952 of Israel, `If you will indeed go R1953 out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then you F376 will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will survive. F377 18 `But if you will not R1954 go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will R1955 be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and you R1956 yourself will not escape from their hand.' " 19 Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "I dread R1957 the Jews who have gone R1958 F378 over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will abuse R1959 me." 20 But Jeremiah said, "They will not give you over. Please obey R1960 F379 the LORD in what I am saying to you, that it may go well R1961 with you and you R1962 F380 may live. 21 "But if you keep refusing to go out, this is the word which the LORD has shown me: 22 `Then behold, all of the women R1963 who have been left in the palace of the king of Judah are going to be brought out to the officers F381 of the king of Babylon; and those women will say, "Your F382 close friends Have misled and overpowered you; While your feet were sunk in the mire, They turned back." 23 `They will also bring out all your wives and your sons R1964 to the Chaldeans, and you R1965 yourself will not escape from their hand, but will be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon, and this R1965 city will be burned with fire.' "

24 Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Let no man know about these words and you will not die. 25 "But if the officials R1966 hear that I have talked with you and come to you and say to you, `Tell us now what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us and we will not put you to death,' 26 then you are to say to them, `I was presenting R1967 my petition before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.' " 27 Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. So he reported to them in accordance with all these words which the king had commanded; and they ceased speaking with him, since the conversation F383 had not been overheard. 28 So Jeremiah stayed R1968 in the court of the guardhouse until the day that Jerusalem was captured.

F367: Lit weakening the hands of
F368: Lit the hands of all
F369: Lit hand
F370: Or an official
F371: M.T. reads has died
F372: Lit in your hand
F373: Lit hand
F374: Lit took Jeremiah the prophet to him
F375: Lit soul
F375: Lit soul
F376: Lit your soul
F377: Lit live
F378: Lit fallen
F379: Lit listen to the voice of
F380: Lit your soul
F381: Or princes
F382: Lit The men of your peace
F383: Lit word

R1928: Jeremiah 37:3
R1929: Jeremiah 21:1
R1930: Jeremiah 21:9
R1931: Jeremiah 34:17; 42:17
R1932: Jeremiah 21:9; 39:18; 45:5
R1933: Jeremiah 21:10; 32:3-5
R1934: Jeremiah 18:23; 26:11,21; 36:12
R1935: Exodus 5:4; 1 Kings 18:17,18; 21:20; Nehemiah 6:9; Amos 7:10; Acts 16:20
R1936: Jeremiah 29:7
R1937: 2 Samuel 3:39
R1938: Jeremiah 37:16,21; Acts 16:24
R1939: Psalms 40:2; 69:2,14,15; Jeremiah 38:22; Zechariah 9:11
R1940: Jeremiah 39:16
R1941: Jeremiah 29:2; Acts 8:27
R1942: Deuteronomy 21:19; Job 1:29:7; Jeremiah 37:13; Amos 5:10
R1943: Jeremiah 37:21; 52:6
R1944: Nehemiah 3:25; Jeremiah 32:2; 37:21; 38:6; 39:14,15; Acts 23:35; 24:27; 28:16,30
R1945: Jeremiah 21:1,2; 37:17
R1946: 1 Samuel 3:17,18; 1 Kings 22:16; Jeremiah 15:11; 42:2-5,20
R1947: Luke 22:67,68
R1948: Jeremiah 37:17; John 3:2
R1949: Numbers 16:22; 27:16; Isaiah 42:5; 57:16; Zechariah 12:1; Acts 17:25,28
R1950: Jeremiah 34:20; 38:4-6
R1951: Psalms 80:7,14; Amos 5:27
R1952: 1 Chronicles 17:24; Ezekiel 8:4
R1953: 2 Kings 24:12; 25:27-30; Jeremiah 21:8-10; 27:12,17; 38:2; 39:3
R1954: Jeremiah 27:8
R1955: 2 Kings 25:4-10; Jeremiah 24:8-10; 32:3-5; 37:8; 38:3
R1956: Jeremiah 32:4; 34:3
R1957: Isaiah 51:12,13; 57:11; John 12:42; 19:12,13
R1958: Jeremiah 39:9
R1959: 2 Chronicles 30:10; Nehemiah 4:1; Jeremiah 38:22
R1960: 2 Chronicles 20:20; Jeremiah 11:4,8; 26:13; Daniel 4:27; Acts 26:29
R1961: Jeremiah 7:23
R1962: Genesis 19:20; Isaiah 55:3
R1963: Jeremiah 6:12; 8:10; 43:6
R1964: 2 Kings 25:7; Jeremiah 39:6; 41:10
R1965: Jeremiah 38:18
R1965: Jeremiah 38:18
R1966: Jeremiah 38:4-6,27
R1967: Jeremiah 37:20
R1968: Psalms 23:4; Jeremiah 15:20,21; 37:20,21; 38:13; 39:13,14


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