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Ebed Melech departed the palace and went to speak to the king. He said to him,
An Ethiopian, Ebed Melech, 1 a court official in the royal palace, heard that Jeremiah had been put 2 in the cistern. While the king was holding court 3 at the Benjamin Gate,
Then the king gave Ebed Melech the Ethiopian the following order: “Take thirty 1 men with you from here and go pull the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies.”
So Ebed Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the treasure room in the palace. 1 He got some worn-out clothes and old rags 2 from there and let them down by ropes to Jeremiah in the cistern.
Ebed Melech 1 called down to Jeremiah, “Put these rags and worn-out clothes under your armpits to pad the ropes. 2 Jeremiah did as Ebed Melech instructed. 3
“Go 1 and tell Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, ‘The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, “I will carry out against this city what I promised. It will mean disaster and not good fortune for it. 2 When that disaster happens, you will be there to see it. 3