King James Bible
Then Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashur the son of Malchiah, heard4 the words that Jeremiah had spoken18 unto all the people, saying,2
Thus saith1 the LORD, He that remaineth6 in this city shall die4 by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth6 to the Chaldeans shall live;1 2421 4 for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.1
Therefore the princes said4 unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death:93 for thus he weakeneth18 the hands of the men of war that remain12 in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking15 such words unto them: for this man seeketh6 not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.
Then took4 they Jeremiah, and cast55 him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, 4429 that [was] in the court of the prison: and they let down17 Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon [there was] no water, but mire: so Jeremiah sunk4 in the mire.
My lord the king, these men have done evil52 in all that they have done1 to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast52 into the dungeon; and he is like to die4 for hunger in the place where he is: for [there is] no more bread in the city.
So Ebedmelech took4 the men with him, and went4 into the house of the king under the treasury, and took4 thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down17 by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
Then Zedekiah the king sent,4 and took4 Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that [is] in the house of the LORD: and the king said4 unto Jeremiah, I will ask6 thee a thing; hide17 nothing from me.
So Zedekiah the king sware11 secretly unto Jeremiah, saying,2 [As] the LORD liveth, that made1 us this soul, I will not put thee to death,55 neither will I give4 thee into the hand of these men that seek18 thy life.
Then said4 Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith1 the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly2 go forth4 unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live,1 and this city shall not be burned11 with fire; and thou shalt live,1 and thine house:
But if thou wilt not go forth4 to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given8 into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn1 it with fire, and thou shalt not escape11 out of their hand.
And, behold, all the women that are left8 in the king of Judah's house [shall be] brought forth94 to the king of Babylon's princes, and those [women] shall say,6 Thy friends 7965 have set thee on,52 and have prevailed1 against thee: thy feet are sunk90 in the mire, [and] they are turned away8 back.
So they shall bring out56 all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans: and thou shalt not escape11 out of their hand, but shalt be taken11 by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shalt cause this city to be burned4 with fire.
But if the princes hear4 that I have talked14 with thee, and they come1 unto thee, and say1 unto thee, Declare54 unto us now what thou hast said14 unto the king, hide17 it not from us, and we will not put thee to death;55 also what the king said14 unto thee:
Then came4 all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked4 him: and he told55 them according to all these words that the king had commanded.14 So they left off speaking55 with him; for the matter was not perceived.8