A man who stood up for a prophet

The enemies of Jeremiah had thrown him into a dungeon, or the part of the dungeon where there was a waterless well, but there had been water in it, and so it was mud at the bottom, and Jeremiah began to sink into the mire.

Then a courageous man, not even of Judah, but from an African country, reported to the king,

“Now Ebed-Melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon. When the king was sitting at the Gate of Benjamin, Ebed-Melech went out of the king’s house and spoke to the king, saying: ‘My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon, and he is likely to die from hunger in the place where he is. For there is no more bread in the city’” (Jeremiah 38:7-9).

The king authorized this man to rescue Jeremiah, which could have been dangerous for this Ethiopian, for the people who put Jeremiah in the dungeon, might have put Ebed-Melech in also.

However, they did not, and this man received a blessing from God for having rescued a prophet of God, who only spoke on God’s behalf.
Do not fear to stand with those who speak the truth.

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