"As for them, whether they listen or not-for they are a rebellious house -they will know that a prophet has been among them.
"And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions ; neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.
"But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.
"Now you, son of man, listen to what I am speaking to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you."
"Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to 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.
"But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' He who hears, let him hear ; and he who refuses, let him refuse ; for they are a rebellious house.
"Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear ; for they are a rebellious house.
"Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight ; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house.
"For I the LORD will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it," declares the Lord GOD.' "