Jeremiah 38:5
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New International Version
"He is in your hands," King Zedekiah answered. "The king can do nothing to oppose you."

New Living Translation
King Zedekiah agreed. "All right," he said. "Do as you like. I can't stop you."

English Standard Version
King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your hands, for the king can do nothing against you.”

New American Standard Bible
So King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your hands; for the king can do nothing against you."

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
King Zedekiah said, "Here he is; he's in your hands since the king can't do anything against you."

International Standard Version
King Zedekiah said, "Look, he's in your hands, and the king can do nothing to you."

NET Bible
King Zedekiah said to them, "Very well, you can do what you want with him. For I cannot do anything to stop you."

New Heart English Bible
Zedekiah the king said, "Look, he is in your hand; for the king is not he who can do anything against you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
King Zedekiah answered, "He's in your hands. I won't do anything to stop you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
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 American Standard 1977
So King Zedekiah said, “Behold, he is in your hands; for the king can do nothing against you.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand, for the king can not do any thing against you.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not able to do anything against you.

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

American Standard Version
And Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do anything against you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And king Sedecias said: Behold he is in your hands: for it is not lawful for the king to deny you any thing.

Darby Bible Translation
And king Zedekiah said, Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do a thing against you.

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

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

World English Bible
Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he who can do anything against you.

Young's Literal Translation
And the king Zedekiah saith, 'Lo, he is in your hand: for the king is not able for you in anything.'
Study Bible
Jeremiah Cast Into the Cistern
4Then the officials said to the king, "Now let this man be put to death, inasmuch as he is discouraging the men of war who are left in this city and all the people, by speaking such words to them; for this man is not seeking the well-being of this people but rather their harm." 5So King Zedekiah said, "Behold, he is in your hands; for the king can do nothing against you." 6Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the cistern of Malchijah the king's son, which was in the court of the guardhouse; and they let Jeremiah down with ropes. Now in the cistern there was no water but only mud, and Jeremiah sank into the mud.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 3:39
"I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil."

Jeremiah 26:14
"But as for me, behold, I am in your hands; do with me as is good and right in your sight.

Jeremiah 37:17
Now King Zedekiah sent and took him out; and in his palace the king secretly asked him and said, "Is there a word from the LORD?" And Jeremiah said, "There is!" Then he said, "You will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon!"

Daniel 6:16
Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and cast into the lions' den. The king spoke and said to Daniel, "Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you."
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Verse 5. - He is in your hand. The growing power of the "princes" (see on Jeremiah 22:4) seems to have confined the king to a merely secondary role. Then Zedekiah the king said, behold, he is in your hand,.... In your power, to do with him as you please. This is either a grant of the king, allowing them to do as they thought fit; or a declaration of their power, supposing them to be the princes of the sanhedrim, as Grotius thinks, to judge of a false prophet, and condemn him; but that they were such does not appear; nor does their charge of the prophet, or their procedure against him, confirm it. The former sense seems best:

for the king is not he that can do any thing against you; which is said either in a flattering way, that such was their interest in him, and so great his regard for them, that he could not deny them any thing. So it is in the old translations, "for the king may deny you nothing"; and, "the king can deny you nothing": or else in a complaining way, suggesting that, he was a king, and no king; that he had no power to oppose them; they would do as they pleased; and therefore it signified nothing applying to him; he should not say any thing against it; he would have no concern in it; they might do as they pleased, since he knew they would. 5. the king is not he—Zedekiah was a weak prince, and now in his straits afraid to oppose his princes. He hides his dislike of their overweening power, which prevented him shielding Jeremiah as he would have wished, under complimentary speeches. "It is not right that the king should deny aught to such faithful and wise statesmen"; the king is not such a one as to deny you your wishes [Jerome].38:1-13 Jeremiah went on in his plain preaching. The princes went on in their malice. It is common for wicked people to look upon God's faithful ministers as enemies, because they show what enemies the wicked are to themselves while impenitent. Jeremiah was put into a dungeon. Many of God's faithful witnesses have been privately made away in prisons. Ebed-melech was an Ethiopian; yet he spoke to the king faithfully, These men have done ill in all they have done to Jeremiah. See how God can raise up friends for his people in distress. Orders were given for the prophet's release, and Ebed-melech saw him drawn up. Let this encourage us to appear boldly for God. Special notice is taken of his tenderness for Jeremiah. What do we behold in the different characters then, but the same we behold in the different characters now, that the Lord's children are conformed to his example, and the children of Satan to their master?
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