CIVAT: Jeremiah 38:1–13
By the Committee to Compile Scripture Into the Varnacular of the American Teenager

Jeremiah Gets Thrown into the Cistern

Now Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malchiah heard what Jeremiah was telling everyone,

The Lord says this: You have a choice: You can either Those who stay in this city will die in battle, from starvation, and from diseases; but those who turn themselves over to the Babylonians and ask for mercy will live; their lives will be their reward for fighting this war.

And the Lord also says this: This city will be handed over to the army of the Babylon's king, and the city will fall.

These officials said to the king, "This man ought to be put to death, because his words are making everyone depressed — not just our soldiers but all the people as well. He's not doing this to protect them but to cause them harm."

King Zedekiah said, "Here he is, then; he's in your hands; for I can't do anything to stop you."

So they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malchiah, the king's son, which was in the court of the guard, letting Jeremiah down by ropes. Now there was no water in the cistern, but only mud, and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

Jeremiah Is Rescued by Ebed-melech

Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian eunuch in the king's house, heard that these officials had put Jeremiah into the cistern. The king happened to be sitting at the Benjamin Gate.

So Ebed-melech left the king's house and spoke to the king, saying, [9] "My lord king, these men have done an injustice to the prophet Jeremiah by throwing him into the cistern to die there of hunger, for there is no bread left in the city."

Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, "Take three men with you from here, and pull the prophet Jeremiah up from the cistern before he dies."

So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to the king's house, to a closet, and took a few old rags and worn-out clothes, which he let down to Jeremiah in the cistern by ropes.

Then Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, "Just put the rags and clothes between your armpits and the ropes." Jeremiah did so.

Then they pulled Jeremiah up by the ropes, out of the cistern. And Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.