King James VersionJeremiah38


1 Then Shep­ha­ti­ah the son of Mat­tan, and Gedali­ah the son of Pashur, and Ju­cal the son of Shelemi­ah, and Pashur the son of Malchi­ah, heard the words that Jeremi­ah had spo­ken unto all the peo­ple, say­ing, 2 Thus saith the LORD, He that re­maineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pesti­lence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live. 3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall sure­ly be giv­en into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it. 4 There­fore the princes said unto the king, We be­seech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weak­eneth the hands of the men of war that re­main in this city, and the hands of all the peo­ple, in speak­ing such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the wel­fare of this peo­ple, but the hurt. 5 Then Zedeki­ah the king said, Be­hold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you. 6 Then took they Jeremi­ah, and cast him into the dun­geon of Malchi­ah the son of Ham­m­elech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremi­ah with cords. And in the dun­geon there was no wa­ter, but mire: so Jeremi­ah sunk in the mire. 7 Now when Ebed­m­elech the Ethiopi­an, one of the eu­nuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremi­ah in the dun­geon; the king then sit­ting in the gate of Ben­jamin; 8 Ebed­m­elech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the king, say­ing, 9 My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremi­ah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dun­geon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city. 10 Then the king com­mand­ed Ebed­m­elech the Ethiopi­an, say­ing, Take from hence thir­ty men with thee, and take up Jeremi­ah the prophet out of the dun­geon, be­fore he die. 11 So Ebed­m­elech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king un­der the trea­sury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rot­ten rags, and let them down by cords into the dun­geon to Jeremi­ah. 12 And Ebed­m­elech the Ethiopi­an said unto Jeremi­ah, Put now these old cast clouts and rot­ten rags un­der thine arm­holes un­der the cords. And Jeremi­ah did so. 13 So they drew up Jeremi­ah with cords, and took him up out of the dun­geon: and Jeremi­ah re­mained in the court of the prison. 14 Then Zedeki­ah the king sent, and took Jeremi­ah the prophet unto him into the third en­try that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremi­ah, I will ask thee a thing; hide noth­ing from me. 15 Then Jeremi­ah said unto Zedeki­ah, If I de­clare it unto thee, wilt thou not sure­ly put me to death? and if I give thee coun­sel, wilt thou not hear­ken unto me? 16 So Zedeki­ah the king sware se­cret­ly unto Jeremi­ah, say­ing, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, nei­ther will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life. 17 Then said Jeremi­ah unto Zedeki­ah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Is­rael; If thou wilt as­sured­ly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be giv­en into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not es­cape out of their hand. 19 And Zedeki­ah the king said unto Jeremi­ah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fall­en to the Chaldeans, lest they de­liv­er me into their hand, and they mock me. 20 But Jeremi­ah said, They shall not de­liv­er thee. Obey, I be­seech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live. 21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me: 22 And, be­hold, all the wom­en that are left in the king of Judah's house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have pre­vailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back. 23 So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy chil­dren to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not es­cape out of their hand, but shalt be tak­en by the hand of the king of Baby­lon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire. 24 Then said Zedeki­ah unto Jeremi­ah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die. 25 But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, De­clare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee: 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I pre­sent­ed my sup­pli­ca­tion be­fore the king, that he would not cause me to re­turn to Jonathan's house, to die there. 27 Then came all the princes unto Jeremi­ah, and asked him: and he told them ac­cord­ing to all these words that the king had com­mand­ed. So they left off speak­ing with him; for the mat­ter was not per­ceived. 28 So Jeremi­ah abode in the court of the prison un­til the day that Jerusalem was tak­en: and he was there when Jerusalem was tak­en.