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Jeremiah 38

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1 And they heard Safatius, the son of Matthan, and Godolia, the son of Paschor, and Juhal, the son of Selemia, and Paschor, the son of Malchia, the words that Jeremiah spoke to the whole people, saying:
2 Thus says the Lord: whoever remains in this city will die of a sword, famine and pestilence; and whoever goes to the Chaldeans will be alive, and his soul will be to him instead of prey, and he will remain alive.
3 Thus says the Lord: this city will surely be betrayed into the hands of the army of the king of Babylon, and he will take it.
4 Then the princes said to the king: Let this man be put to death, because he weakens the hands of the soldiers who remain in this city, and the hands of the whole people, saying such words to them; for this man does not wish prosperity to this people, but disaster.
5 And king Zedekiah said, Behold, he is in your hands, because the king cannot do anything contrary to you.
6 Then they took Jeremiah and threw him into the pit of Malchia, the son of the king, who was in the courtyard of the guard, and lowered Jeremiah on the ropes; there was no water in that pit, but only mud, and Jeremiah plunged into the mud.
7 And Abdemelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs who were in the royal house, heard that Jeremiah was put into a pit; and the king was then sitting at the gates of Benjamin.
eight And Abdemelech left the king’s house and said to the king:
nine sovereign my king! these people did poorly by doing this to Jeremiah the prophet who was thrown into the pit; he will starve there because there is no more bread in the city.
ten The king gave the order to Abdemelech the Ethiopian, saying: Take thirty people from here and take Jeremiah the prophet out of the pit until he died.
eleven Abdemelech took the people with him and entered the king’s house under the pantry, and from there took old worthless rags and old worthless rags and put them on the ropes into the pit to Jeremiah.
12 And Abdemelech the Ethiopian of Jeremiah said, Place these old thrown rags and rags under the arms of your hands, under the ropes. And Jeremiah did so.
13 And they dragged Jeremiah on the ropes and pulled him out of the pit; and Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard.

fourteen Then the king Zedekiah sent and called Jeremiah the prophet to himself, at the third entrance to the house of the Lord, and the king said to Jeremiah: I will ask you something; don't hide anything from me.
fifteen And Jeremiah said to Zedekiah: if I tell you, will you not put me to death? and if I give you advice, you will not listen to me.
16 And the king Zedekiah vowed to Jeremiah secretly, saying: The Lord lives, who created this soul for us, I will not put you to death, and I will not put it in the hands of these people who seek your soul.
17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah: thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel: if you go to the princes of the king of Babylon, your soul will be alive, and this city will not be burned by fire, and you will be alive, and your house;
18 and if you do not go to the princes of the king of Babylon, then this city will be betrayed into the hands of the Chaldeans, and they will burn it with fire, and you will not escape from their hands.
19 And the king Zedekiah said to Jeremiah: I am afraid of the Jews, who passed over to the Chaldeans, so that the [Chaldeans] would not betray me into their hands, and that they would not abuse me.
20 And Jeremiah said, They shall not betray; Listen to the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it will be good for you, and your soul will be alive.
21 And if you do not want to go out, then this is the word that the Lord revealed to me:
22 behold, all the wives who remained in the house of the king of Judah will be taken to the princes of the king of Babylon, and they will say: `Your friends deceived you and prevailed; your feet sank into the dirt, and they departed from you. "
23 And they will take all your wives and your children to the Chaldeans, and you will not escape from their hands; but you will be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon, and you will make this city burned with fire.
24 And Zedekiah said to Jeremiah: No one should know these words, and then you will not die;
25 and if the princes hear that I’ve talked with you and come to you and say to you: `tell us what you told the king, do not hide from us, and we will not put you to death - and also what the king told you ,
26 then tell them: "I turned before my king my petition, so as not to return me to the house of Jonathan, so as not to die there."
27 And all the princes came to Jeremiah and asked him, and he said to them according to all the words that the king ordered [to say], and they silently left him, because they did not recognize what was said to the king.
28 And Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard until the day on which Jerusalem was taken. And Jerusalem was taken.

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