Ezekiel 33:1-9 (English Standard Version)

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Ezekiel Is Israel's Watchman

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 1"Son of man, speak to 2your people and say to them, If 3I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their 4watchman, 3 and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and 5blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, 6his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 7He 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 8But 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, 9that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand. 7 10"So you, 11son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. 12Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 13If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, 14and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, 15that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 16But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, 17that person shall die in his iniquity, 18but you will have delivered your soul.
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