15 While I was still imprisoned in the palace courtyard, the Lord told me
16 to tell Ebedmelech the Ethiopian that the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, had said, "Just as I said I would, I am going to bring upon this city destruction and not prosperity. And when this happens, you will be there to see it.
17 But I, the Lord, will protect you, and you will not be handed over to the people you are afraid of.
18 I will keep you safe, and you will not be put to death. You will escape with your life because you have put your trust in me. I, the Lord, have spoken."