Ezekiel 3

Ezekiel’s Commission

1Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; a  eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2So I b  opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. 3He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and c  fill your
Lit inward parts
body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I e  ate it, and it was sweet as f  honey in my mouth.

4Then He said to me, “Son of man
Lit go, come
go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.
5“For h  you are not being sent to a people of
Lit deepness of lip and heaviness of tongue
j  unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel,
6nor to many peoples of
Lit deepness of lip and heaviness of tongue
unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand.
Or If I had sent you to them, they would listen to you
But I have sent you to them
Lit they
who should listen to you;
7yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are n  not willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is
Lit of a hard forehead and a stiff heart
stubborn and obstinate.
8Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9“Like
Lit corundum
emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.”
10Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, take into your heart all My q  words which I will speak to you and listen
Lit with your ears
Lit Go, come
Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or
Lit forbear
not, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord

12Then the v  Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great w  rumbling sound behind me, “Blessed be the glory of the  Lord
Or from
in His place.”
13And I heard the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the y  wheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. 14So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and z  the hand of the  Lord was strong on me. 15Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river Chebar at Tel-abib, and I sat there aa  seven days where they were living, causing consternation among them.

16 ab  At the end of seven days the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, 17Son of man, I have appointed you a ac  watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, ad  warn them from Me. 18When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his ae  blood I will require at your hand. 19Yet if you have af  warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have ag  delivered yourself. 20“Again, ah  when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an ai  obstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21However, if you have aj  warned
Lit him, the righteous
the righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.”

22The hand of the  Lord was on me there, and He said to me, “Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will al  speak to you.” 23So I got up and went out to the plain; and behold, the am  glory of the  Lord was standing there, like the glory which an  I saw by the river Chebar, and I fell on my face. 24The ao  Spirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself up in your house. 25As for you, son of man, they will ap  put ropes on you and bind you with them so that you cannot go out among them. 26“Moreover, aq  I will make your tongue stick to
Lit your palate
the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house.
27“But as  when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; au  for they are a rebellious house.
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