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Jeremiah 38 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Jeremiah Thrown into the Cistern

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:1 -

Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchijah heard the words that Jeremiah was speaking to all the people, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:2 - “This is what the LORD says: ‘Anyone who stays in this city will die by the sword, by famine, or by plague; but anyone who surrenders to the Chaldeans will live and have his own life as plunder, and stay alive.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:3 - “This is what the LORD says: ‘This city will certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:4 - Then the officials said to the king, “Please have this man put to death, since he is [fn]discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and [fn]all the people, by speaking words like these to them; for this man is not seeking the well-being of this people, but rather their harm.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:5 - And King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your [fn]hands; for the king can do nothing against you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchijah the king’s son, which was in the courtyard 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:7 - But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a [fn]eunuch, while he was in the king’s palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the cistern. Now the king was sitting at the Gate of Benjamin;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:8 - and Ebed-melech went out from the king’s palace and spoke to the king, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:9 - “My lord the king, these men have acted wickedly in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet whom they have thrown into the cistern; and he will die right where he is because of the famine, for there is no more bread in the city.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:10 - Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, “Take thirty men from here [fn]under your authority and bring Jeremiah the prophet up from the cistern before he dies.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:11 - So Ebed-melech took the men under his [fn]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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:12 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:13 - So they pulled Jeremiah out with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guardhouse.

Zedekiah Seeks an Answer from God

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:14 -

Then King Zedekiah sent word and [fn]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.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:15 - And 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:16 - But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in secret, saying, “As the LORD lives, who made this [fn]life for us, I certainly will not put you to death, nor will I hand you over to these men who are seeking your [fn]life.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:17 -

So Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the LORD God of armies, the God of Israel says: ‘If you will indeed surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, then [fn]you will live, this city will not be burned with fire, and you and your household will [fn]survive.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:18 - ‘But if you do not surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon, then this city will be handed over to the Chaldeans; and they will burn it with fire, and you yourself will not escape from their hands.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:19 - Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I am in fear of the Jews who have deserted to the Chaldeans, for they may hand me over to them, and they will abuse me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:20 - But Jeremiah said, “They will not turn you over. Please [fn]obey the LORD in what I am saying to you, so that it may go well for you and [fn]you may live.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:21 - “But if you keep refusing to surrender, this is the word which the LORD has shown me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:22 - ‘Behold, all of the women who have been left in the palace of the king of Judah are going to be brought out to the officers of the king of Babylon; and those women will say,

[fn]Your close friends

Have misled and overpowered you;

While your feet were sunk in the mire,

They turned back.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:23 -

‘They are also going to bring out all your wives and your sons to the Chaldeans, and you yourself will not escape from their hand, but will be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned with fire.’”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:24 -

Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “Let no one know about these words, and you will not die.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:25 - “But if the officials hear that I have talked with you and come to you and say to you, ‘Tell us now what you said to the king and what the king said to you; do not hide it from us and we will not put you to death,’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:26 - then you are to say to them, ‘I was presenting my plea before the king, not to make me return to the house of Jonathan to die there.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:27 - Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him. So he reported to them in accordance with all these words which the king had commanded; and they stopped speaking with him, since the [fn]conversation had not been overheard.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:28 - So Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was captured.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit making slack the hands of
Lit the hands of all
Lit hand
Or high official
Lit in your hand
Lit hand
Lit took Jeremiah the prophet to him
Lit soul
Lit soul
Lit your soul
Lit live
Lit listen to the voice of
Lit your soul
Lit The men of your peace
Lit word

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