The LORD's word came to Jeremiah when he was still confined to the prison quarters:
Go and say to Ebed-melech the Cushite that the LORD of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: I'm about to fulfill my words concerning this city, for harm and not for good. You will witness it for yourself on that day.
But on that day, declares the LORD: I will rescue you; you won't be handed over to those you dread.
I will defend you; you won't die in battle. You will escape with your life, because you have trusted in me, declares the LORD.