Jeremiah 38

CHAPTER 38

Jeremiah is Lowered into the Pit

And [4heard 1Shephatiah 2son 3of Mattan], and Gedaliah son of Pashur, and Jucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashur son of Malchiah, the words which Jeremiah spoke unto the people, saying, Thus said the  lord, The one dwelling in this city shall die by the broadsword, and by famine, and by pestilence; and the one going forth to the Chaldeans shall live; and [2shall be 1his life] for gain, and he shall live. For thus said the  lord, In being delivered up, [2shall be delivered up 1this city] into the hands of the force of the king of Babylon, and he shall seize it. And [3said 1the 2rulers] to the king, Do away with [2indeed 1that man], for he enfeebles the hands of the men waging war of the ones being left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking to them according to these words. For this man does not speak oracles for peace to this people, but only evils. And [3said 1king 2Zedekiah], Behold, he is in your hands; for [3was not 4able 1the 2king] to resist them. And they took Jeremiah, and they tossed him into the pit of Malchiah, son of the king, which was in the courtyard of the guard. And they let him down with rough cords into the pit. And in the pit there was no water, but only mire, and he was in the mire. And [6heard 1Ebed-melech 2the 3Ethiopian 5man 4eunuch] (and he was in the courtyard of the king) that they cast Jeremiah into the pit; and the king was sitting down at the gate of Benjamin. And Ebed-melech went forth from the house of the king, and he spoke to the king, and said, My master, O King, [3did wickedly 2these men 1all] in which they did against Jeremiah the prophet, dropping him into the pit, that he should die in it from the face of hunger, for there are no longer bread loaves in the city.

Jeremiah is Rescued from the Pit

10 And [3gave charge 1the 2king] to Ebed-melech, saying, Take with yourself from here thirty men, and lead him from out of the pit, that he should not die. 11 And Ebed-melech took the men, and he entered into the house of the king, the subterranean part, and he took from there old rags and old rough cords; and he tossed them to Jeremiah in the pit. 12 And he said to him, Put these underneath the rough cords! And Jeremiah did so. 13 And they drew him with the rough cords, and led him up from out of the pit. And Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard.

The King Questions Jeremiah

14 And [3sent 1the 2king] and called him to himself into the house Asaliseel, the one in the house of the  lord. And [3said 4to him 1the 2king], I shall ask you a word, and you shall not hide from me the saying. 15 And Jeremiah said to the king, If I should announce to you, will you not to death put me to death? and if I shall advise you, in no way shall you hear me. 16 And [3swore by an oath 1the 2king] to him secretly, saying, As the  lord lives, who appointed us this life, Shall I kill you, and shall I put you into the hands of these men, the ones seeking your life, No! 17 And [2said 3to him 1Jeremiah], Thus said the  lord of the forces, the God of Israel, If by going forth you should go forth to the governors of the king of Babylon, [2shall live 1your soul], and this city in no way shall be incinerated by fire; and you shall live, and your family. 18 But if you do not go forth, [2shall be given 1this city] into the hands of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and in no way shall you be delivered from their hands. 19 And [3said 1the 2king] to Jeremiah, I [2a matter 1have] with the Jews having fled to the Chaldeans, lest they give me into their hands, and they shall deride me. 20 And Jeremiah said, In no way shall they deliver you up. Hearken to the word of the  lord! which I say to you, and [2better 1it will be] for you, and [2shall live 1your soul]! 21 And if [2do not 3want 1you] to come forth, this is the word which [2showed 3to me 1the  lord]. 22 Behold, all the women being left behind in the house of the king of Judah having been led out to the rulers of the king of Babylon; and these women shall say, [3deceived 4you 5and 6prevailed over 7you 1the men 2at peace with you], and they will depose you in slips of your feet; they turned from you. 23 And your wives, and your children they shall lead out to the Chaldeans; and you in no way shall you be delivered, for by the hand of the king of Babylon you shall be seized, and this city shall be incinerated. 24 And [2said 3to him 1Zedekiah], to Jeremiah, [2no man 1Let] know of these words! and you shall in no way die. 25 And if the rulers should hear that I spoke to you, and they should come to you, and should say to you; Announce to us what you spoke to the king, you should not hide it from us, then in no way will we do away with you; and what did [3say 4to 5you 1the 2king]? 26 And you shall say to them, I tossed my plead for mercy before the eyes of the king, to not return me to the house of Jonathan for me to die there. 27 And came all the rulers to Jeremiah, and they asked him. And he announced to them according to all these words which [3gave charge 4to him 1the 2king]. And they were silent, for [3was not heard 1the 2matter]. 28 And Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard until a time of which Jerusalem was seized.
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