Ezekiel 33

Ezekiel Is Israel’s Watchman

1The word of the  Lord came to me: 2 a  Son of man, speak to b  your people and say to them, If c  I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their d  watchman, 3and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and e  blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, f  his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 g  He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. 6 h  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, i  that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

7 j  “So you k  son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. l  Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 m  If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die n  and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way o  that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 p  But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way q  that person shall die in his iniquity r  but you will have delivered your soul.

Why Will You Die, Israel?

10“And you s  son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and t  we rot away because of them. u  How then can we live?’ 11Say to them, v  As I live, declares the Lord  God w  I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; x  turn back, turn back from your evil ways y  for why will you die, O house of Israel?

12 z  “And you, son of man, say to aa  your people ab  The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses ac  and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness ad  and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness
Hebrew  by it
when he sins.
13Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet af  if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. 14Again, ag  though I say to the wicked, ah  ‘You shall surely die,’ yet ai  if he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, 15if the wicked aj  restores the pledge, ak  gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks al  in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 am  None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

17Yet an  your people say ao  ‘The way of the Lord is not just,’ when it is their own way that is not just. 18 ap  When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. 19And aq  when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. 20Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, ar  I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

Jerusalem Struck Down

21In the as  twelfth year at  of our exile, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, au  a fugitive from Jerusalem came to me and said, av  “The city has been struck down.” 22 aw  Now ax  the hand of the  Lord had been upon me the evening before the fugitive came; and he had opened my mouth by the time the man came to me in the morning, so my mouth was opened, and I was no longer mute.

23The word of the  Lord came to me: 24 ay  Son of man, the inhabitants of these az  waste places in the land of Israel keep saying ba  Abraham was only one man, yet he got possession of the land; but bb  we are many; the land is surely given us to possess.’ 25Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord  God: bc  You eat flesh with the blood and bd  lift up your eyes to your idols and be  shed blood; shall you then possess the land? 26 bf  You rely on the sword bg  you commit abominations, and bh  each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife; shall you then possess the land? 27Say this to them, Thus says the Lord  God: bi  As I live, surely those who are in bj  the waste places shall fall by bk  the sword, and whoever is in the open field I will give to bl  the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in bm  strongholds and in caves shall die by bn  pestilence. 28 bo  And I will make the land a desolation and a waste, and bp  her proud might shall come to an end, and bq  the mountains of Israel shall be so desolate that none will pass through. 29 br  Then they will know that I am the  Lord, when I have made the land a desolation and a waste because of all their abominations that they have committed.

30“As for you bs  son of man bt  your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the  Lord.’ 31 bu  And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for bv  with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. 32And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and bw  plays
Hebrew  like the singing of lustful songs with a beautiful voice and one who plays
well
on an instrument, for by  they hear what you say, but they will not do it.
33 bz  When this comes—and come it will!— ca  then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”

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