In the thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth chapters of Jeremiah there is told in a few verses a story furnishing much food for thought, a story of an obscure Ethiopian eunuch, called Ebed-melech. One can readily imagine how the fierce hatred raging about Jeremiah because of his denunciations of idolatry, how the words of Jeremiah himself, and the king's vacillating stand, must have impressed this man as he went about in the intimacy of the court, though himself only a servant—for the word Ebed-melech is not a name, but simply means "servant of a king.
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