إِرْمِيَا 38

وَسَمِعَ شَفَطْيَا بْنُ مَتَّانَ، وَجَدَلْيَا بْنُ فَشْحُورَ، وَيُوخَلُ بْنُ شَلَمْيَا، وَفَشْحُورُ بْنُ مَلْكِيَّا، ٱلْكَلَامَ ٱلَّذِي كَانَ إِرْمِيَا يُكَلِّمُ بِهِ كُلَّ ٱلشَّعْبِ قَائِلًا: ١ 1
Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehukal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard the words that Jeremiah was declaring to all the people. He was saying,
«هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: ٱلَّذِي يُقِيمُ فِي هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ يَمُوتُ بِٱلسَّيْفِ وَٱلْجُوعِ وَٱلْوَبَإِ. أَمَّا ٱلَّذِي يَخْرُجُ إِلَى ٱلْكَلْدَانِيِّينَ فَإِنَّهُ يَحْيَا وَتَكُونُ لَهُ نَفْسُهُ غَنِيمَةً فَيَحْيَا. ٢ 2
“Yahweh says this: Anyone staying in this city will be killed by sword, famine, and plague. But anyone who goes out to the Chaldeans will survive. He will escape with his own life, and live.
هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ: هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ سَتُدْفَعُ دَفْعًا لِيَدِ جَيْشِ مَلِكِ بَابِلَ فَيَأْخُذُهَا». ٣ 3
Yahweh says this: This city will be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it.”
فَقَالَ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءُ لِلْمَلِكِ: «لِيُقْتَلْ هَذَا ٱلرَّجُلُ، لِأَنَّهُ بِذَلِكَ يُضْعِفُ أَيَادِيَ رِجَالِ ٱلْحَرْبِ ٱلْبَاقِينَ فِي هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةِ، وَأَيَادِيَ كُلِّ ٱلشَّعْبِ، إِذْ يُكَلِّمُهُمْ بِمِثْلِ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ. لِأَنَّ هَذَا ٱلرَّجُلَ لَا يَطْلُبُ ٱلسَّلَامَ لِهَذَا ٱلشَّعْبِ بَلِ ٱلشَّرَّ». ٤ 4
So the officials said to the king, “Let this man die, for in this way he is weakening the hands of the fighting men who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people. He is proclaiming these words, for this man is not working for safety for this people, but disaster.”
فَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ صِدْقِيَّا: «هَا هُوَ بِيَدِكُمْ، لِأَنَّ ٱلْمَلِكَ لَا يَقْدِرُ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ». ٥ 5
So King Zedekiah said, “Look, he is in your hand since there is no king able to resist you.”
فَأَخَذُوا إِرْمِيَا وَأَلْقُوْهُ فِي جُبِّ مَلْكِيَّا ٱبْنِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، ٱلَّذِي فِي دَارِ ٱلسِّجْنِ، وَدَلُّوا إِرْمِيَا بِحِبَالٍ. وَلَمْ يَكُنْ فِي ٱلْجُبِّ مَاءٌ بَلْ وَحْلٌ، فَغَاصَ إِرْمِيَا فِي ٱلْوَحْلِ. ٦ 6
Then they took Jeremiah and threw him into the cistern of Malkijah, son of the king. The cistern was in the courtyard of the guard. They lowered Jeremiah down on ropes. There was no water in the cistern, but it was muddy, and he sank down into the mud.
فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ عَبْدَ مَلِكُ ٱلْكُوشِيُّ، رَجُلٌ خَصِيٌّ، وَهُوَ فِي بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، أَنَّهُمْ جَعَلُوا إِرْمِيَا فِي ٱلْجُبِّ، وَٱلْمَلِكُ جَالِسٌ فِي بَابِ بَنْيَامِينَ، ٧ 7
Now Ebed-Melek the Cushite was one of the eunuchs in the king's house. He heard that they had placed Jeremiah in the cistern. Now the king was sitting at the Benjamin Gate.
خَرَجَ عَبْدَ مَلِكُ مِنْ بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ وَكَلَّمَ ٱلْمَلِكَ قَائِلًا: ٨ 8
So Ebed-Melek went from the king's house and spoke with the king. He said,
«يَا سَيِّدِي ٱلْمَلِكَ، قَدْ أَسَاءَ هَؤُلَاءِ ٱلرِّجَالُ فِي كُلِّ مَا فَعَلُوا بِإِرْمِيَا ٱلنَّبِيِّ، ٱلَّذِي طَرَحُوهُ فِي ٱلْجُبِّ، فَإِنَّهُ يَمُوتُ فِي مَكَانِهِ بِسَبَبِ ٱلْجُوعِ، لِأَنَّهُ لَيْسَ بَعْدُ خُبْزٌ فِي ٱلْمَدِينَةِ». ٩ 9
“My master the king, these men have done evil with the way they have treated Jeremiah the prophet. They threw him into a cistern for him to die in it from hunger, since there is no more food in the city.”
فَأَمَرَ ٱلْمَلِكُ عَبْدَ مَلِكَ ٱلْكُوشِيَّ قَائِلًا: «خُذْ مَعَكَ مِنْ هُنَا ثَلَاثِينَ رَجُلًا، وَأَطْلِعْ إِرْمِيَا مِنَ ٱلْجُبِّ قَبْلَمَا يَمُوتُ». ١٠ 10
Then the king gave a command to Ebed-Melek the Cushite. He said, “Take command of thirty men from here and take Jeremiah the prophet out of the cistern before he dies.”
فَأَخَذَ عَبْدَ مَلِكُ ٱلرِّجَالَ مَعَهُ، وَدَخَلَ إِلَى بَيْتِ ٱلْمَلِكِ، إِلَى أَسْفَلِ ٱلْمَخْزَنِ، وَأَخَذَ مِنْ هُنَاكَ ثِيَابًا رِثَّةً وَمَلَابِسَ بَالِيَةً وَدَلَّاهَا إِلَى إِرْمِيَا إِلَى ٱلْجُبِّ بِحِبَالٍ. ١١ 11
So Ebed-Melek took command of those men and went to the king's house, to a storeroom for clothing under the house. From there he took rags and worn-out clothing and then let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
وَقَالَ عَبْدَ مَلِكُ ٱلْكُوشِيُّ لِإِرْمِيَا: «ضَعِ ٱلثِّيَابَ ٱلرِّثَّةَ وَٱلْمَلَابِسَ ٱلْبَالِيَةَ تَحْتَ إِبْطَيْكَ تَحْتَ ٱلْحِبَالِ». فَفَعَلَ إِرْمِيَا كَذَلِكَ. ١٢ 12
Ebed-Melek the Cushite said to Jeremiah, “Put the rags and worn-out clothing under your arms and on top of the ropes.” So Jeremiah did so.
فَجَذَبُوا إِرْمِيَا بِٱلْحِبَالِ وَأَطْلَعُوهُ مِنَ ٱلْجُبِّ. فَأَقَامَ إِرْمِيَا فِي دَارِ ٱلسِّجْنِ. ١٣ 13
Then they pulled Jeremiah by the ropes. In this way they brought him up from the cistern. So Jeremiah stayed in the courtyard of the guard.
فَأَرْسَلَ ٱلْمَلِكُ صِدْقِيَّا وَأَخَذَ إِرْمِيَا ٱلنَّبِيَّ إِلَيْهِ، إِلَى ٱلْمَدْخَلِ ٱلثَّالِثِ ٱلَّذِي فِي بَيْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ، وَقَالَ ٱلْمَلِكُ لِإِرْمِيَا: «أَنَا أَسْأَلُكَ عَنْ أَمْرٍ. لَا تُخْفِ عَنِّي شَيْئًا». ١٤ 14
Then King Zedekiah sent word and brought Jeremiah the prophet to himself, to the third entrance in Yahweh's house. The king said to Jeremiah, “I want to ask you something. Do not keep the answer from me.”
فَقَالَ إِرْمِيَا لِصِدْقِيَّا: «إِذَا أَخْبَرْتُكَ أَفَمَا تَقْتُلُنِي قَتْلًا؟ وَإِذَا أَشَرْتُ عَلَيْكَ فَلَا تَسْمَعُ لِي!» ١٥ 15
Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I answer you, will you not certainly kill me? But if I give you advice, you will not listen to me.”
فَحَلَفَ ٱلْمَلِكُ صِدْقِيَّا لِإِرْمِيَا سِرًّا قَائِلًا: «حَيٌّ هُوَ ٱلرَّبُّ ٱلَّذِي صَنَعَ لَنَا هَذِهِ ٱلنَّفْسَ، إِنِّي لَا أَقْتُلُكَ وَلَا أَدْفَعُكَ لِيَدِ هَؤُلَاءِ ٱلرِّجَالِ ٱلَّذِينَ يَطْلُبُونَ نَفْسَكَ». ١٦ 16
But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in private and said, “As Yahweh lives, the one who made us, I will not kill you or give you into the hand of those men who are seeking your life.”
فَقَالَ إِرْمِيَا لِصِدْقِيَّا: «هَكَذَا قَالَ ٱلرَّبُّ إِلَهُ ٱلْجُنُودِ إِلَهُ إِسْرَائِيلَ: إِنْ كُنْتَ تَخْرُجُ خُرُوجًا إِلَى رُؤَسَاءِ مَلِكِ بَابِلَ، تَحْيَا نَفْسُكَ وَلَا تُحْرَقُ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ بِٱلنَّارِ، بَلْ تَحْيَا أَنْتَ وَبَيْتُكَ. ١٧ 17
So Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “Yahweh, God of hosts, God of Israel, says this: If you indeed go out to the officials of the king of Babylon then you will live, and this city will not be burned. You and your family will live.
وَلَكِنْ إِنْ كُنْتَ لَا تَخْرُجُ إِلَى رُؤَسَاءِ مَلِكِ بَابِلَ، تُدْفَعُ هَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ لِيَدِ ٱلْكَلْدَانِيِّينَ فَيُحْرِقُونَهَا بِٱلنَّارِ، وَأَنْتَ لَا تُفْلِتُ مِنْ يَدِهِمْ». ١٨ 18
But if you do not go out to the officials of the king of Babylon, then this city will be given into the hand of the Chaldeans. They will burn it, and you will not escape from their hand.”
فَقَالَ صِدْقِيَّا ٱلْمَلِكُ لِإِرْمِيَا: «إِنِّي أَخَافُ مِنَ ٱلْيَهُودِ ٱلَّذِينَ قَدْ سَقَطُوا لِلْكَلْدَانِيِّينَ لِئَلَّا يَدْفَعُونِي لِيَدِهِمْ فَيَزْدَرُوا بِي». ١٩ 19
King Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “But I am afraid of the people of Judah who have deserted to the Chaldeans, because I might be given over into their hand, for them to treat me badly.”
فَقَالَ إِرْمِيَا: «لَا يَدْفَعُونَكَ. ٱسْمَعْ لِصَوْتِ ٱلرَّبِّ فِي مَا أُكَلِّمُكَ أَنَا بِهِ، فَيُحْسَنَ إِلَيْكَ وَتَحْيَا نَفْسُكَ. ٢٠ 20
Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over to them. Obey the message from Yahweh that I am telling you, so that things will go well for you, and so that you will live.
وَإِنْ كُنْتَ تَأْبَى ٱلْخُرُوجَ، فَهَذِهِ هِيَ ٱلْكَلِمَةُ ٱلَّتِي أَرَانِي ٱلرَّبُّ إِيَّاهَا: ٢١ 21
But if you refuse to go out, this is what Yahweh has shown me.
هَا كُلُّ ٱلنِّسَاءِ ٱللَّوَاتِي بَقِينَ فِي بَيْتِ مَلِكِ يَهُوذَا، يُخْرَجْنَ إِلَى رُؤَسَاءِ مَلِكِ بَابِلَ وَهُنَّ يَقُلْنَ: قَدْ خَدَعَكَ وَقَدِرَ عَلَيْكَ مُسَالِمُوكَ. غَاصَتْ فِي ٱلْحَمْأَةِ رِجْلَاكَ وَٱرْتَدَّتَا إِلَى ٱلْوَرَاءِ. ٢٢ 22
Look! All the women who are left in your house, king of Judah, will be brought out to the officials of the king of Babylon. These women will say to you, 'You have been deceived by your friends; they have ruined you. Your feet are now sunk into the mud, and your friends will run away.'
وَيُخْرِجُونَ كُلَّ نِسَائِكَ وَبَنِيكَ إِلَى ٱلْكَلْدَانِيِّينَ، وَأَنْتَ لَا تُفْلِتُ مِنْ يَدِهِمْ، لِأَنَّكَ أَنْتَ تُمْسَكُ بِيَدِ مَلِكِ بَابِلَ، وَهَذِهِ ٱلْمَدِينَةُ تُحْرَقُ بِٱلنَّارِ». ٢٣ 23
For all of your wives and children will be brought out to the Chaldeans, and you yourself will not escape from their hand. You will be captured by the hand of the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned.”
فَقَالَ صِدْقِيَّا لِإِرْمِيَا: «لَا يَعْلَمْ أَحَدٌ بِهَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ، فَلَا تَمُوتَ. ٢٤ 24
Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, “Do not inform anyone about these words, so that you do not die.
وَإِذَا سَمِعَ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءُ أَنِّي كَلَّمْتُكَ، وَأَتَوْا إِلَيْكَ وَقَالُوا لَكَ: أَخْبِرْنَا بِمَاذَا كَلَّمْتَ ٱلْمَلِكَ، لَا تُخْفِ عَنَّا فَلَا نَقْتُلَكَ، وَمَاذَا قَالَ لَكَ ٱلْمَلِكُ. ٢٥ 25
If the officials hear that I have talked with you, and if they come and say to you, 'Tell us what you said to the king and do not hide it from us, or we will kill you,'
فَقُلْ لَهُمْ: إِنِّي أَلْقَيْتُ تَضَرُّعِي أَمَامَ ٱلْمَلِكِ حَتَّى لَا يَرُدَّنِي إِلَى بَيْتِ يُونَاثَانَ لِأَمُوتَ هُنَاكَ». ٢٦ 26
then you must say to them, 'I made a humble plea before the king that he would not return me to the house of Jonathan to die there.'”
فَأَتَى كُلُّ ٱلرُّؤَسَاءِ إِلَى إِرْمِيَا وَسَأَلُوهُ، فَأَخْبَرَهُمْ حَسَبَ كُلِّ هَذَا ٱلْكَلَامِ ٱلَّذِي أَوْصَاهُ بِهِ ٱلْمَلِكُ. فَسَكَتُوا عَنْهُ لِأَنَّ ٱلْأَمْرَ لَمْ يُسْمَعْ. ٢٧ 27
Then all the officials came to Jeremiah and questioned him, so he answered them as the king had instructed him. So they stopped talking with him, because they had not heard the conversation between Jeremiah and the king.
فَأَقَامَ إِرْمِيَا فِي دَارِ ٱلسِّجْنِ إِلَى ٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلَّذِي أُخِذَتْ فِيهِ أُورُشَلِيمَ. ٢٨ 28
So Jeremiah remained in the courtyard of the guard until the day Jerusalem was captured.