While Jeremiah had been confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him:
“Go and tell Ebed-Melek the Cushite, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am about to fulfill my words against this city—words concerning disaster, not prosperity. At that time they will be fulfilled before your eyes.
But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear.
I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.’ ”