The word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, speak to your people and tell them: Suppose I bring the sword against a land,a and the people of that land select a man from among them, appointing him as their watchman,
and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows his trumpet to warn the people.
Then, if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet but ignores the warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.
[Since] he heard the sound of the trumpet but ignored the warning, his blood is on his own hands.b If he had taken warning, he would have saved his life.
However, if the watchman sees the sword coming but doesn't blow the trumpet, so that the people aren't warned, and the sword comes and takes away their lives, then they have been taken away because of their iniquity, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.