Now the word of the Lord had come to Jeremiah when he was confined in the guard's courtyard:a16
"Go tell Ebed-melech the Cushite:b This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill My words for harm and not for good against this city. They will take place before your eyes on that day.
But I will rescue you on that day"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"and you will not be handed over to the men you fear.
Indeed, I will certainly deliver you so that you do not fall by the sword. Because you have trusted in Me, you will keep your life like the spoils [of war]."c [This is] the Lord's declaration.