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Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

38:5 he is in your hand. Zedekiah was unwilling himself to make a decision about Jeremiah, since he was still somewhat respectful of him and his God. Nevertheless, he turned him over to a group of apostates who had no such compunction. These men cast the prophet into a miry pit and left him to die. He would indeed have died there had it not been for the intervention of Ebed-melech.

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