Jeremiah Thrown Into a Cistern

38 Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur(A), Jehukal[a](B) son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah was telling all the people when he said,

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  1. Jeremiah 38:1 Hebrew Jukal, a variant of Jehukal

Then the officials(A) said to the king, “This man should be put to death.(B) He is discouraging(C) the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin.”

“He is in your hands,”(D) King Zedekiah answered. “The king can do nothing(E) to oppose you.”

So they took Jeremiah and put him into the cistern of Malkijah, the king’s son, which was in the courtyard of the guard.(F) They lowered Jeremiah by ropes(G) into the cistern; it had no water in it,(H) only mud, and Jeremiah sank down into the mud.(I)

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