Jeremiah chapter 37
(Jer 37:1) And king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.
(Jer 37:2) But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the prophet Jeremiah.
(Jer 37:3) And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.
(Jer 37:4) Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they had not put him into prison.
(Jer 37:5) Then Pharaoh\'s army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.
(Jer 37:6) Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
(Jer 37:7) Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh\'s army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.
(Jer 37:8) And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.
(Jer 37:9) Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart.
(Jer 37:10) For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.
(Jer 37:11) And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh\'s army,
(Jer 37:12) Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of the people.
(Jer 37:13) And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
(Jer 37:14) Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.
(Jer 37:15) Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.
(Jer 37:16) When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
(Jer 37:17) Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
(Jer 37:18) Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
(Jer 37:19) Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?
(Jer 37:20) Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.
(Jer 37:21) Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers\' street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
Jeremiah chapter 38
(Jer 38:1) Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,
(Jer 38:2) Thus saith the LORD, He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.
(Jer 38:3) Thus saith the LORD, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon\'s army, which shall take it.
(Jer 38:4) Therefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.
(Jer 38:5) Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.
(Jer 38:6) Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
(Jer 38:7) Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king\'s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
(Jer 38:8) Ebedmelech went forth out of the king\'s house, and spake to the king, saying,
(Jer 38:9) My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.
(Jer 38:10) Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.
(Jer 38:11) So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
(Jer 38:12) And Ebedmelech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast clouts and rotten rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
(Jer 38:13) So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and took him up out of the dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
(Jer 38:14) Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
(Jer 38:15) Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
(Jer 38:16) So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.
(Jer 38:17) Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon\'s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house:
(Jer 38:18) But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon\'s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.
(Jer 38:19) And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.
(Jer 38:20) But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.
(Jer 38:21) But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shewed me:
(Jer 38:22) And, behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah\'s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon\'s princes, and those women shall say, Thy friends have set thee on, and have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.
(Jer 38:23) So they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.
(Jer 38:24) Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.
(Jer 38:25) But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king, hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee:
(Jer 38:26) Then thou shalt say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan\'s house, to die there.
(Jer 38:27) Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him: and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.
(Jer 38:28) So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.
Jeremiah chapter 39
(Jer 39:1) In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it.
(Jer 39:2) And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.
(Jer 39:3) And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
(Jer 39:4) And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king\'s garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.
(Jer 39:5) But the Chaldeans\' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.
(Jer 39:6) Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.
(Jer 39:7) Moreover he put out Zedekiah\'s eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.
(Jer 39:8) And the Chaldeans burned the king\'s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.
(Jer 39:9) Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the people that remained.
(Jer 39:10) But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at the same time.
(Jer 39:11) Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
(Jer 39:12) Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
(Jer 39:13) So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon\'s princes;
(Jer 39:14) Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people.
(Jer 39:15) Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
(Jer 39:16) Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.
(Jer 39:17) But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.
(Jer 39:18) For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD.