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Jeremiah Thrown Into a Cistern...
And Shephatyah son of Mattan, and Gedalyahu son of Pashhur, and Yukal son of Shelemyahu, and Pashhur son of Malkiyah heard the words which Yirmeyahu had spoken to all the people, saying,
'Thus said YHWH, 'He who remains in this city shall die by the sword, by scarcity of food, and by pestilence, but whoever goes over to the Chaldeans shall live. And his life shall be as a prize to him, and he shall live.'
'Thus said YHWH, 'This city is certainly given into the hand of the sovereign of Babel's army, and he shall take it.''
Then the heads said to the sovereign, 'Please, let this man be put to death, because he is weakening the hands of the men of battle who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man does not seek the peace of this people, but the evil.'
And Tsidqiyahu the sovereign said, 'Look, he is in your hand. For the sovereign is unable to do any matter against you.'
And they took Yirmeyahu and threw him into the dungeon of Malkiyahu the sovereign's son, which was in the court of the guard, and they let Yirmeyahu down with ropes. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mud. So Yirmeyahu sank in the mud.
And Ebed-Melek the Kushite, one of the eunuchs, who was in the sovereign's house, heard that they had put Yirmeyahu in the dungeon. And the sovereign was sitting at the Gate of Binyamin,
And Ebed-Melek came from the sovereign's house and spoke to the sovereign, saying,
'My master the sovereign, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Yirmeyahu the prophet, whom they have thrown into the dungeon, and he is likely to die from hunger in the place where he is, for there is no more bread in the city.'
And the sovereign commanded Ebed-Melek the Kushite, saying, 'Take thirty men from here with you, and lift Yirmeyahu the prophet out of the dungeon before he dies.'
So Ebed-Melek took the men with him and went into the house of the sovereign under the treasury, and took old clothes and old rags from there, and let them down by ropes into the dungeon to Yirmeyahu.
And Ebed-Melek the Kushite said to Yirmeyahu, 'Please put these old clothes and rags under your armpits, under the ropes.' And Yirmeyahu did so,
and they pulled Yirmeyahu up with ropes and lifted him out of the dungeon. And Yirmeyahu remained in the court of the guard.
Zedekiah Questions Jeremiah Again...
Then Tsidqiyahu the sovereign sent and had Yirmeyahu the prophet brought to him at the third entrance of the House of YHWH. And the sovereign said to Yirmeyahu, `I am asking you a matter. Do not hide a matter from me.`
And Yirmeyahu said to Tsidqiyahu, 'If I declare it to you, shall you not put me to death? And if I give you advice, you shall not listen to me.'
But Tsidqiyahu the sovereign swore secretly to Yirmeyahu, saying, 'As YHWH lives, who made us this life, I do not put you to death, nor do I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.'
And Yirmeyahu said to Tsidqiyahu, 'Thus said YHWH, the Elohim of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra'el, 'If you do indeed surrender to the heads of the sovereign of Babel, then your being shall live, and this city not be burned with fire. And you and your house shall live.
'But if you do not surrender to the heads of the sovereign of Babel, then this city shall be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape from their hand.''
Then Tsidqiyahu the sovereign said to Yirmeyahu, 'I am afraid of the Yehudim who have gone over to the Chaldeans, lest they give me into their hand, and they maltreat me.'
But Yirmeyahu said, 'They shall not hand you over. Please, obey the voice of YHWH which I speak to you, and let it be well with you, and your life be spared.
'But if you refuse to surrender, this is the word that YHWH has shown me:
'Then see, all the women who are left in the sovereign of Yehudah's house shall be surrendered to the heads of the sovereign of Babel, and see, they are saying, 'Your close friends have set upon you and prevailed against you; your feet have sunk in the mire; they have turned away again.'
'And they are going to surrender all your wives and children to the Chaldeans, and you yourself shall not escape from their hand, but be taken by the hand of the sovereign of Babel, and this city shall be burned with fire.''
Then Tsidqiyahu said to Yirmeyahu, 'Let no one know of these words, and you shall not die.
'But if the heads hear that I have spoken with you, and they come to you and say to you, 'Declare to us now what you have said to the sovereign, and also what the sovereign said to you. Do not hide it from us, and we do not put you to death,'
then you shall say to them, 'I presented my petition before the sovereign, not to send me back to the house of Yonathan to die there.''
And all the heads came to Yirmeyahu and asked him. And he informed them according to all these words that the sovereign had commanded. And they said no more to him, for the matter was not heard.
So Yirmeyahu remained in the court of the guard until the day that Yerushalayim was taken, and he was there when Yerushalayim was taken.