4Then the officials said to the king, This man ought to be put to death, because he is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, and all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man is not seeking the welfare of this people, but their harm. 5King Zedekiah said, Here he is; he is in your hands; for the king is powerless against you. 6So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the kings son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud. 7Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, a eunuch in the kings house, heard that they had put Jeremiah into the cistern. The king happened to be sitting at the Benjamin Gate, 8So Ebed-melech left the kings house and spoke to the king, 9My lord king, these men have acted wickedly in all they did to the prophet Jeremiah by throwing him into the cistern to die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city. 10Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, Take three men with you from here, and pull the prophet Jeremiah up from the cistern before he dies.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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