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1 Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal
the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that
Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword,
by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans
shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.
3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the
king of Babylonís army, which shall take it.
4 Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be
put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in
this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them:
for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.
5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not
he that can do any thing against you.
6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son
of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah
with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk
in the mire.
7 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the
kingís house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then
sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
8 Ebedmelech went forth out of the kingís house, and spake to the king,
9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to
Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to
die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the
10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence
thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon,
before he die.
11 So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king
under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and
let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
12 And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast
clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did
13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon:
and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into
the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto
Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not
surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto
16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD
liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I
give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.
17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts,
the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylonís
princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with
fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:
18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylonís princes, then shall
this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with
fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.
19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are
fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock
20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the
voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and
thy soul shall live.
21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed
22 And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judahís house shall
be brought forth to the king of Babylonís princes, and those women shall say,
Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are
sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.
23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans:
and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of
the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.
24 Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou
shalt not die.
25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto
thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the
king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the
king said unto thee:
26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king,
that he would not cause me to return to Jonathanís house, to die there.
27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them
according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off
speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.
28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem
was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.
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