Jeremiah 38


38:1 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 to all the
 people, saying,
38:2 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.
38:3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into
 the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.
38:4 Therefore the princes said to 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 to them: for this man
 seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.
38:5 Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he [is] in your hand:
 for the king [is] not [he that] can do [any] thing against you.
38:6 Then they took 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.
38:7 Now when Ebed-melech the Cushite, one of the eunuchs who
 was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in
 the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
38:8 Ebed-melech went out of the king's house, and spoke to the
 king, saying,
38:9 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 by hunger in the place where he
 is: for [there is] no more bread in the city.
38:10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Cushite, saying,
 Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the
 prophet out of the dungeon, before he dieth.
38:11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the
 house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast
 clouts and old decayed rags, and let them down by cords into
 the dungeon to Jeremiah.
38:12 And Ebed-melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, Put now
 [these] old cast clouts and decayed rags under thy arm-holes
 under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
38:13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him out of
 the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
38:14 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet
 to him into the third entry that [is] in the house of the LORD:
 and the king said to Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide
 nothing from me.
38:15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I declare [it] to thee,
 wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee
 counsel, wilt thou not hearken to me?
38:16 So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to 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.
38:17 Then said Jeremiah to Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the
 God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go
 forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall
 live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou
 shalt live, and thy house:
38:18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's
 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 from their hand.
38:19 And Zedekiah the king said to Jeremiah, I am afraid of the
 Jews that have fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me
 into their hand, and they mock me.
38:20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver [thee]. Obey, I
 beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak to thee: so
 it shall be well to thee, and thy soul shall live.
38:21 But if thou shalt refuse to go forth, this [is] the word
 that the LORD hath shown me:
38:22 And behold, all the women that are left in the king of
 Judah's house [shall be] brought forth to the king of Babylon's
 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.
38:23 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.
38:24 Then said Zedekiah to Jeremiah, Let no man know of these
 words, and thou shalt not die.
38:25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and
 they come to thee, and say to thee, Declare to us now what thou
 hast said to the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put
 thee to death; also what the king said to thee:
38:26 Then thou shalt say to them, I presented my supplication
 before the king, that he would not cause me to return to
 Jonathan's house, to die there.
38:27 Then came all the princes to 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.
38:28 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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