When Zedekiah was the king:
God sent His prophet to condemn
The wicked in Jerusalem,
While just outside the city gate
They saw the Babylonians wait.
That army was God’s punishment
For sinners who would not repent
And disobeyed when called upon
To serve the king of Babylon
Which was what Jeremiah taught
When he explained Jehovah’s thought.
The wicked men who hated it
Put Jeremiah in a pit.
The prophet thought; “This place is dire -
I’m sinking down into the mire!”
But while he found his prospects dim
His God was looking after him.
Now Ebed-Melech was the man
Whom God selected for His plan.
He went to see the king and said,
“If he’s left there he’ll soon be dead!”
The king replied, “Without a doubt
You must pull Jeremiah out”.
The Ethiopian found some rope
And soon gave Jeremiah hope.
“Just put some rags beneath each arm
So that the ropes will do no harm.”
Then Ebed-Melech and his friends
All started pulling at the ends.
Soon he was rescued, safe and sound:
He gladly stood on solid ground.
Thus Ebed-Melech pleased the Lord
Who shielded him against the sword.