While Jeremiah was guarded in the courtyard, the Lord spoke his word to him:
"Jeremiah, go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite this message: 'This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: Very soon I will make my words about Jerusalem come true through disaster, not through good times. You will see everything come true with your own eyes.
But I will save you on that day, Ebed-Melech, says the Lord. You will not be handed over to the people you fear.
I will surely save you, Ebed-Melech. You will not die from a sword, but you will escape and live. This will happen because you have trusted in me, says the Lord.'"