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8-9 Ebed Melech said, “My lord and king, these officials have done evil. They have treated Jeremiah the prophet badly. They have thrown him into a cistern and left him there to die.”[a]

10 Then King Zedekiah gave a command to Ebed Melech, the Ethiopian. This was the command: “Ebed Melech, take three[b] men from the palace with you, and go get Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies.”

11 So Ebed Melech took the men with him. But first he went to a room under the storeroom in the king’s palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from that room. Then he let the rags down with some ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 38:8 left him there to die Literally, “he will starve to death because there is no more bread in the city.”
  2. Jeremiah 38:10 three This is found in one ancient Hebrew copy. Most Hebrew copies have “30.”

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