Jeremiah 38:6-20New American Standard Bible (NASB)
6 Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern 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, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.7 But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, [a]a eunuch, 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 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 [b]will die right where he is because of the famine, for there is no more bread in the city.”10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Take thirty men from here [c]under your authority and bring up Jeremiah the prophet from the cistern before he dies.”11 So Ebed-melech took the men under his [d]authority 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 of the guardhouse.
14 Then King Zedekiah sent and [e]had 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 you something; do not hide anything from me.”15 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If 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 saying, “As the Lord lives, who made this [f]life for us, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these men who are seeking your [g]life.”
Interview with Zedekiah
17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the LordGod of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘If you will indeed go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then [h]you will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will [i]survive.18 But if you will not go out to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given over to the hand of the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and you yourself will not escape from their hand.’”19 Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I dread the Jews who have [j]gone over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will abuse me.”20 But Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over. Please [k]obey the Lord in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and [l]you may live.
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