Bible Names A-G : Ebed-melech


Ebed-melech in Wikipedia (Hebrew: עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ, Modern {{{2}}} Tiberian {{{3}}}; Latin: Abdemelech) is mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah as an official at the Palace of King Zedekiah,of Judah during the Siege of Jerusalem. The name is translated as Servant of the King, and as such may not be his proper name but a hereditary title. The text relates that he was an Ethiopian and a eunuch who became Patron for the cause of Ethiopianism of his time that was reflected in the fruithful intercession he made with the King on behalf of Jeramiah, the prophet. Ebed-Melech is notable for rescuing the prophet Jeremiah from the cistern where he was imprisoned. (Jer. 38:7-13). Later, Jeremiah informed him that he would be spared after the fall of the city to the Babylonians (Jer. 39:15-18).