My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the cistern; and he is likely to die from hunger in the place where he is: for there is no more bread in the city.
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City. It was useless, therefore, to add the torment of the dungeon, since he must soon have perished. (Calmet)