1 H8203 Then Shephatiah H1121 the son H4977 of Mattan, H1436 and Gedaliah H1121 the son H6583 of Pashur, H3116 and Jucal H1121 the son H8018 of Shelemiah, H6583 and Pashur H1121 the son H4441 of Malchiah, H8085 heard H1697 the words H3414 that Jeremiah H1696 had spoken H3605 to all H5971 the people, H559 saying,
2 H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD, H3427 He that remains H2063 in this H5892 city H4191 shall die H2719 by the sword, H7458 by the famine, H1698 and by the pestilence: H3318 but he that goes H3318 forth H3778 to the Chaldeans H2421 shall live; H5315 for he shall have his life H7998 for a prey, H2425 and shall live.
3 H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD, H2063 This H5892 city H5414 shall surely be given H3027 into the hand H4428 of the king H894 of Babylon’s H2428 army, H3920 which shall take it.
4 H8269 Therefore the princes H559 said H4428 to the king, H4994 We beseech H2088 you, let this H376 man H4191 be put to death: H5921 for thus H3651 H7503 he weakens H3027 the hands H582 of the men H4421 of war H7604 that remain H2063 in this H5892 city, H3027 and the hands H3605 of all H5971 the people, H1696 in speaking H428 such H1697 words H2088 to them: for this H376 man H1875 seeks H7965 not the welfare H2088 of this H5971 people, H7451 but the hurt.
5 H6667 Then Zedekiah H4428 the king H559 said, H2009 Behold, H3027 he is in your hand: H4428 for the king H3201 is not he that can H1697 do any thing against you.
6 H3947 Then took H3414 they Jeremiah, H7993 and cast H413 him into H953 the dungeon H4441 of Malchiah H1121 the son H4429 of Hammelech, H2691 that was in the court H4307 of the prison: H7971 and they let H7971 down H3414 Jeremiah H2256 with cords. H953 And in the dungeon H369 there was no H4325 water, H2916 but mire: H3414 so Jeremiah H2883 sunk H2916 in the mire.
7 H5663 Now when Ebedmelech H3569 the Ethiopian, H376 one H5631 of the eunuchs H1931 which H4428 was in the king’s H1004 house, H8085 heard H5414 that they had put H3414 Jeremiah H953 in the dungeon; H4428 the king H3427 then sitting H8179 in the gate H1144 of Benjamin;
8 H5663 Ebedmelech H3318 went H3318 forth H4428 out of the king’s H1004 house, H1696 and spoke H4428 to the king H559 saying,
9 H113 My lord H4428 the king, H428 these H582 men H7489 have done evil H3605 in all H6213 that they have done H3414 to Jeremiah H5030 the prophet, H853 whom H834 H7993 they have cast H413 into H953 the dungeon; H4191 and he is like to die H7457 for hunger H8478 in the place H8478 where H369 he is: for there is no H5750 more H3899 bread H5892 in the city.
10 H4428 Then the king H6680 commanded H5663 Ebedmelech H3569 the Ethiopian, H559 saying, H3947 Take H2088 from hence H7970 thirty H582 men H3947 with you, and take H3414 up Jeremiah H5030 the prophet H953 out of the dungeon, H2962 before H4191 he die.
11 H5663 So Ebedmelech H3947 took H582 the men H935 with him, and went H1004 into the house H4428 of the king H413 under H8478 H214 the treasury, H3947 and took H8033 there H1094 old H5499 cast H5499 clouts H1094 and old H4418 rotten H4418 rags, H7971 and let H7971 them down H2256 by cords H413 into H953 the dungeon H3414 to Jeremiah.
12 H5663 And Ebedmelech H3569 the Ethiopian H559 said H3414 to Jeremiah, H7760 Put H4994 now H1094 these old H5499 cast H5499 clouts H4418 and rotten H4418 rags H413 under H8478 H679 your armholes H3027 H413 under H8478 H2256 the cords. H3414 And Jeremiah H6213 did H3651 so.
13 H4900 So they drew H3414 up Jeremiah H2256 with cords, H5927 and took H953 him up out of the dungeon: H3414 and Jeremiah H3427 remained H2691 in the court H4307 of the prison.
14 H6667 Then Zedekiah H4428 the king H7971 sent, H3947 and took H3414 Jeremiah H5030 the prophet H413 to him into H7992 the third H3996 entry H1004 that is in the house H3068 of the LORD: H4428 and the king H559 said H3414 to Jeremiah, H7592 I will ask H1697 you a thing; H3582 hide H408 nothing H1697 from me.
15 H3414 Then Jeremiah H559 said H6667 to Zedekiah, H518 If H5046 I declare H4191 it to you, will you not surely put me to death? H518 and if H3289 I give you counsel, H8085 will you not listen to me?
16 H6667 So Zedekiah H4428 the king H7650 swore H5643 secretly H3414 to Jeremiah, H559 saying, H3068 As the LORD H2416 lives, H6213 that made H2063 us this H5315 soul, H4191 I will not put you to death, H518 neither H5414 will I give H3027 you into the hand H428 of these H582 men H1245 that seek H5315 your life.
17 H559 Then said H3414 Jeremiah H6667 to Zedekiah, H3541 Thus H559 said H3068 the LORD, H430 the God H6635 of hosts, H430 the God H3478 of Israel; H518 If H3318 you will assuredly H3318 go H3318 forth H4428 to the king H894 of Babylon’s H8269 princes, H5315 then your soul H2421 shall live, H2063 and this H5892 city H8313 shall not be burned H784 with fire; H2421 and you shall live, H1004 and your house:
18 H518 But if H3318 you will not go H3318 forth H4428 to the king H894 of Babylon’s H8269 princes, H2063 then shall this H5892 city H5414 be given H3027 into the hand H3778 of the Chaldeans, H8313 and they shall burn H784 it with fire, H4422 and you shall not escape H3027 out of their hand.
19 H6667 And Zedekiah H4428 the king H559 said H3414 to Jeremiah, H1672 I am afraid H3064 of the Jews H5307 that are fallen H3778 to the Chaldeans, H6435 lest H5414 they deliver H3027 me into their hand, H5953 and they mock me.
20 H3414 But Jeremiah H559 said, H5414 They shall not deliver H8085 you. Obey, H4994 I beseech H6963 you, the voice H3068 of the LORD, H834 which H1696 I speak H3190 to you: so it shall be well H5315 to you, and your soul H2421 shall live.
21 H518 But if H3986 you refuse H3318 to go H3318 forth, H2088 this H1697 is the word H3068 that the LORD H7200 has showed me:
22 H2009 And, behold, H3605 all H802 the women H7604 that are left H4428 in the king H3063 of Judah’s H1004 house H3318 shall be brought H4163 forth H4428 to the king H894 of Babylon’s H8269 princes, H2007 and those H559 women shall say, H605 Your friends H7965 H5496 have set H3201 you on, and have prevailed H7272 against you: your feet H2883 are sunk H1206 in the mire, H5472 and they are turned H268 away back.
23 H4672 So they shall bring H3605 out all H802 your wives H1121 and your children H3778 to the Chaldeans: H4422 and you shall not escape H3027 out of their hand, H8610 but shall be taken H3027 by the hand H4428 of the king H894 of Babylon: H2063 and you shall cause this H5892 city H8313 to be burned H784 with fire.
24 H559 Then said H6667 Zedekiah H3414 to Jeremiah, H408 Let no H376 man H3045 know H428 of these H1697 words, H4191 and you shall not die.
25 H3588 But if H8269 the princes H8085 hear H1696 that I have talked H935 with you, and they come H559 to you, and say H5046 to you, Declare H4994 to us now H4100 what H1696 you have said H4428 to the king, H3582 hide H4191 it not from us, and we will not put you to death; H4100 also what H4428 the king H1696 said to you:
26 H559 Then you shall say H5307 to them, I presented H8467 my supplication H6440 before H4428 the king, H7725 that he would not cause me to return H3129 to Jonathan’s H1004 house, H4191 to die H8033 there.
27 H935 Then came H3605 all H8269 the princes H3414 to Jeremiah, H7592 and asked H5046 him: and he told H3605 them according to all H428 these H1697 words H4428 that the king H6680 had commanded. H2790 So they left H2790 off speaking H1697 with him; for the matter H8085 was not perceived.