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“My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, in that they have thrown him into the pit,[a] and he will die there[b] because of[c] starvation, for there is no longer any bread in the city.” 10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Cushite, saying,[d] “Take with you[e] these thirty men and pull Jeremiah the prophet up from the pit[f] before[g] he dies.”

11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him[h] and went to the palace of the king, to a place beneath the storehouse, and he took from there rags[i] and worn-out clothes.[j] And he let them down into the pit[k] by ropes to Jeremiah.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 38:9 Or “cistern”
  2. Jeremiah 38:9 Literally “in it”
  3. Jeremiah 38:9 Literally “from the face of”
  4. Jeremiah 38:10 Literally “to say”
  5. Jeremiah 38:10 Literally “in your hand”
  6. Jeremiah 38:10 Or “cistern”
  7. Jeremiah 38:10 Literally “at not yet”
  8. Jeremiah 38:11 Literally “in his hand”
  9. Jeremiah 38:11 Literally “the rags of rags”
  10. Jeremiah 38:11 Literally “rags of ragged clothes”
  11. Jeremiah 38:11 Or “cistern”

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