is mentioned in the Book of Jeremiah
as an official at the court of Zedekiah
, king 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 title. The text relates that he was a Nubian
and a eunuch
Ebed-Me lech 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).