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7-8 Ebedmelech from Ethiopia[a] was an official at the palace, and he heard what they had done to me. So he went to speak with King Zedekiah, who was holding court at Benjamin Gate. Ebedmelech said, “Your Majesty, Jeremiah is a prophet, and those men were wrong to throw him into a well. And when Jerusalem runs out of food, Jeremiah will starve to death down there.”

10 Zedekiah answered, “Take thirty[b] of my soldiers and pull Jeremiah out before he dies.”

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Footnotes

  1. 38.7,8 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has “Cush,” a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
  2. 38.10 thirty: Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript “three.”