He said, “Capture them alive!” So they captured them alive and then executed all forty-two of them in the cistern at Beth Eked. He left no survivors.
“The Sea” stood on top of twelve bulls. Three faced northward, three westward, three southward, and three eastward. “The Sea” was placed on top of them, and they all faced outward. 1
I proceeded through the Valley Gate by night, in the direction of the Well of the Dragons 1 and the Dung Gate, 2 inspecting 3 the walls of Jerusalem that had been breached and its gates that had been destroyed by fire.
Nehemiah son of Azbuk, head of a half-district of Beth Zur, worked after him as far as the tombs of David and the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
Sound your battle cry 1 against the wild beast of the reeds, 2 and the nations that assemble like a herd of calves led by bulls! 3 They humble themselves 4 and offer gold and silver as tribute. 5 God 6 scatters 7 the nations that like to do battle.
The Lord who commands armies is about to beat them 1 with a whip, similar to the way he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb. 2 He will use his staff against the sea, lifting it up as he did in Egypt. 3
The king of Assyria sent his chief adviser 1 from Lachish to King Hezekiah in Jerusalem, 2 along with a large army. The chief adviser 3 stood at the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the field where they wash and dry cloth. 4
Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out and your throats become dry. 1 But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me because I love those foreign gods 2 and want to pursue them!’
But if you will not pay attention to this warning, 1 I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears 2 because you, the Lord’s flock, 3 will be carried 4 into exile.”
“Tell these people this, Jeremiah: 1 ‘My eyes overflow with tears day and night without ceasing. 2 For my people, my dear children, 3 have suffered a crushing blow. They have suffered a serious wound. 4
“Your royal Majesty, those men have been very wicked in all that they have done to the prophet Jeremiah. They have thrown him into a cistern and he is sure to die of starvation there because there is no food left in the city. 1
So Ebed Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasure room in the palace. 1 He got some worn-out clothes and old rags 2 from there and let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
He said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they will bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them out to the outer court to transmit holiness to the people.”
“At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 1 him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 2 with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 3 He 4 will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 5
Otherwise, I will strip her naked, and expose her like she was when she was born. I will turn her land into a wilderness and make her country a parched land, so that I might kill 1 her with thirst.