Earlier, while Jeremiah was still in custody in the courtyard of the royal guards, God's Message came to him:
"Go and speak with Ebed-melek the Ethiopian. Tell him, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says, Listen carefully: I will do exactly what I said I would do to this city - bad news, not good news. When it happens, you will be there to see it.
But I'll deliver you on that doomsday. You won't be handed over to those men whom you have good reason to fear.
Yes, I'll most certainly save you. You won't be killed. You'll walk out of there safe and sound because you trusted me.'" God's Decree.