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8-9 Ebed Melech said, “My lord and king, these officials have done evil. They have treated Jeremiah the prophet badly. They have thrown him into a cistern and left him there to die.”[a]

10 Then King Zedekiah gave a command to Ebed Melech, the Ethiopian. This was the command: “Ebed Melech, take three[b] men from the palace with you, and go get Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 38:8 left him there to die Literally, “he will starve to death because there is no more bread in the city.”
  2. Jeremiah 38:10 three This is found in one ancient Hebrew copy. Most Hebrew copies have “30.”

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