Ezekiel 3

1And he said to me, a  Son of man, eat whatever you find here. b  Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” c  Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth d  as sweet as honey.

4And he said to me, e  Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. 5For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel 6not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. f  Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. 7 g  But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel h  have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. 8 i  Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9Like j  emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. k  Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” 10Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, l  all my words that I shall speak to you receive m  in your heart, and hear with your ears. 11And go to the exiles, n  to your people, and speak to them and say to them, o  Thus says the Lord  God,’ p  whether they hear or refuse to hear.”

12 q  Then the Spirit
Or  the wind; also verse 14
lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice
Or sound
of t  a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the  Lord from its place!”
13It was the sound of the wings of u  the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of v  a great earthquake. 14 w  The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the x  hand of the  Lord being strong upon me. 15 y  And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling z  by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.
Or  Chebar, and to where they dwelt
And ab  I sat there ac  overwhelmed among them ad  seven days.

A Watchman for Israel

16 ae  And at the end of seven days, the word of the  Lord came to me: 17 af  Son of man ag  I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall ah  give them warning from me. 18 ai  If I say to the wicked aj  ‘You shall surely die,’ ak  and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person al  shall die for
Or in; also verses 19, 20
his iniquity an  but his blood I will require at your hand.
19 ao  But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity ap  but you aq  will have delivered your soul. 20 ar  Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice as  and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. at  Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin au  and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered av  but his blood I will require at your hand. 21But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

22 aw  And the hand of the  Lord was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into ax  the valley
Or plain; also verse 23
and az  there I will speak with you.”
23So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, ba  the glory of the  Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen bb  by the Chebar canal, bc  and I fell on my face. 24 bd  But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself within your house. 25And you, O son of man, behold, be  cords will be placed upon you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people. 26And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that bf  you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, bg  for they are a rebellious house. 27 bh  But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, bi  Thus says the Lord  God.’ bj  He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.

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