Jeremiah, by a false suggestion, is put into the dungeon of Malchiah.
Jeremiah 38:1 And, when Shephatiah son of Mattan, and Gedaliah son of Pashhur, and Jucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malchiah, heard, the words, which Jeremiah, was speaking unto all the people, saying: Jeremiah 38:2 Thus, saith Yahweh, He that remaineth in this city, shall die, by sword, by famine, or by pestilence,whereas, he that goeth forth unto the Chaldeans, shall live, so shall he have his life for a spoil, and shall live. Jeremiah 38:3 Thus, saith Yahweh,This city shall, surely be given, into the hand of the force of the king of Babylon, and he shall capture it. Jeremiah 38:4 Then said the princes unto the king,Let this man, we pray thee, be put to death, for, in this way, is he, weakening the hands of the men of war who are left in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking unto them, such words as these; for, this man, is not, seeking, prosperity, for this people, but, misfortune. Jeremiah 38:5 Then said King Zedekiah,Lo! he, is in your hand; for, the king, is not, one who is able to do anything, against, you. Jeremiah 38:6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah son of the king, which was in the guard-court, and they let Jeremiah down with ropes,now, in the dungeon, was no, water, only mire, so Jeremiah sank, in the mire.
Ebed-melech, by suit, getteth him some enlargement.
Jeremiah 38:7 When Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs, he, being in the house of the king, heard, that they had delivered Jeremiah into the dungeon,the king being seated in the gate of Benjamin, Jeremiah 38:8 then went forth Ebed-melech, out of the house of the king, and spake unto the king, saying: Jeremiah 38:9 My lord, O King! wickedly, have these men done all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom indeed they have cast into the dungeon,since he would have died where he was, because of the famine, for there is no, bread any longer, in the city. Jeremiah 38:10 Then the king commanded, Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying,Take with thee from hence, thirty men, and lift Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. Jeremiah 38:11 So Ebed-melech took, the men with him, and went into the house of the king, under the treasury, and took thence, pieces of cast-off clothes, and old rags,and let them down unto Jeremiah in the dungeon, with the ropes. Jeremiah 38:12 Then said Ebed-melech the Ethiopian unto Jeremiah,Put, I pray thee, the pieces of cast-off clothes and the old rags, under thine arm-joints, under the ropes, And Jeremiah did, so, Jeremiah 38:13 Then drew they Jeremiah, with the ropes, and lifted him up out of the dungeon,and Jeremiah remained in the guard-court.
Upon secret conference he counselleth the king by yielding to save his life.
Jeremiah 38:14 Then King Zedekiah sent, and fetched Jeremiah the prophet unto him, in the third, entrance, which is in the house of Yahweh,and the king said, unto JeremiahI, am going to ask thee a thing, do not hide anything, from me. Jeremiah 38:15 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, When I tell thee, wilt thou not, surely put me to death? And, when I counsel thee, thou wilt not hearken unto me. Jeremiah 38:16 So King Zedekiah aware unto Jeremiah, secretly, saying,By the life of Yahweh, who made for us, this soul, I will in no wise put thee to death, Neither will I deliver thee into the hand of these men, who are seeking thy life. Jeremiah 38:17 Then said Jeremiah unto ZedekiahThus, saith Yahweh, God of hosts, God of IsraelIf thou wilt, indeed go forth, unto the princes of the king of Babylon, then shall thine own soul live, and, this city, shall not be burned with fire,but thou shalt live, thou, and thy house. Jeremiah 38:18 But, if thou wilt not go forth unto the princes of the king of Babylon, then shall this city be delivered into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and, thou, shalt not escape out of their hand. Jeremiah 38:19 Then said King Zedekiah, unto Jeremiah: I, am afraid of the Jews, who have fallen away unto the Chaldeans, lest they deliver, me, into their hand, and they maltreat me. Jeremiah 38:20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver!Hearken, I pray thee, unto the voice of Yahweh, in what I, am speaking unto thee, that it may be well with thee, and thy soul live. Jeremiah 38:21 But, if thou, art refusing to go forth, this, is the thing which Yahweh hath shewed, me: Jeremiah 38:22 behold, then, all the women that are left in the house of the king of Judah, brought forth unto the princes of the king of Babylon,and, those very women, saying, The men thou wast wont to salute, have goaded thee on, and prevailed upon thee,Thy foot, having sunk in the mire, they have turned away, back. Jeremiah 38:23 Yea [thou shalt behold] all thy wives and thy children, brought forth unto the Chaldeans, and, thou, shalt not escape out of their hand,but, by the hand of the king of Babylon, shalt thou be taken, and, this city, shall be burned with fire.
By the king's instructions he concealeth the conference from the princes.
Jeremiah 38:24 Then said Zedekiah unto JeremiahDo not let, any man, know of these words, and thou shalt not die. Jeremiah 38:25 But, when the princes hear, that I have spoken with thee, and they come in unto thee and say unto theeDo tell us, we pray thee, what thou didst speak unto the king, do not hide it from us, so will we not put thee to death,and what spake, the king, unto thee? Jeremiah 38:26 Then shalt thou say unto them,I, was causing my supplication to fall prostrate before the king,that he would not cause me to return to the house of Jonathan, to die there. Jeremiah 38:27 Then came in all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him, and he told them, according to all these words which the king, had commanded,so they turned in silence from him, for the matter, had not been reported. Jeremiah 38:28 So Jeremiah remained in the guard-court, until the day when Jerusalem, was captured; thus, it fell out, when Jerusalem, was captured.