Then the Spirit lifted me up,1 and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound--May the glory of the LORD be praised in his dwelling place!--
the sound of the wings of the living creatures2 brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound.314
The Spirit4 then lifted me up5 and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD 6 upon me.
I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the Kebar River.7 And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days8--overwhelmed.
At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:917
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman10 for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.1118
When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,12' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die fora his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.1319
But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn14 from his wickedness15 or from his evil ways, he will die16 for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.1720
"Again, when a righteous man turns18 from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block19 before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.2021
But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.21"
The hand of the LORD 22 was upon me there, and he said to me, "Get up and go23 out to the plain,24 and there I will speak to you."