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Jeremiah 38 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Jeremiah Thrown into the Cistern

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:1 - Now Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and 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 - “Thus says the LORD, ‘He who stays in this city will die by the sword and by famine and by pestilence, but he who goes out to the Chaldeans will live and have his own life as booty and stay alive.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:3 - “Thus says the LORD, ‘This city will certainly be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon and he will capture it.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:4 - Then the officials said to the king, “Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is [fn]discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and [fn]all the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man is not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:5 - So King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your [fn]hands; for the king can do nothing against you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:7 - But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, [fn]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;
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 cast into the cistern; and he [fn]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 up Jeremiah the prophet 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 up with the ropes and lifted him out of the cistern, and Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guardhouse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:14 - Then King Zedekiah sent 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 - 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.”
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, surely I will not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these men who are seeking your [fn]life.”

Interview with Zedekiah

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:17 - Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘If you will indeed go out 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 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.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:19 - Then King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “I dread the Jews who have [fn]gone over to the Chaldeans, for they may give me over into their hand and they will abuse me.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:20 - But Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over. Please [fn]obey the LORD in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and [fn]you may live.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:21 - “But if you keep refusing to go out, this is the word which the LORD has shown me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:22 - ‘Then 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 [fn]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 will also 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 man 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 petition 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 ceased speaking with him, since the [fn]conversation had not been overheard.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:28 - So Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guardhouse until the day that Jerusalem was captured.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: weakening the hands of
Literally: the hands of all
Literally: hand
Or, an official
M.T. reads has died
Literally: in your hand
Literally: hand
Literally: took Jeremiah the prophet to him
Literally: soul
Literally: your soul
Literally: live
Literally: fallen
Literally: listen to the voice of
Literally: your soul
Or, princes
Literally: The men of your peace
Literally: word

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