Ezekiel 3:11-21 (English Standard Version)

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11 And go to the exiles, 1to your people, and speak to them and say to them, 2'Thus says the Lord GOD,'3whether they hear or refuse to hear." 12 4Then the Spirita lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voiceb of 5a great earthquake: "Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place!" 13 It was the sound of the wings of 6the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of 7a great earthquake. 14 8The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the 9hand of the LORD being strong upon me. 15 10And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling 11by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.c And 12I sat there 13overwhelmed among them 14seven days.

A Watchman for Israel

16 15And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me: 17 16"Son of man, 17I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall 18give them warning from me. 18 19If I say to the wicked, 20'You shall surely die,'21and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person 22shall die ford his iniquity, 23but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 24But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, 25but you 26will have delivered your soul. 20 27Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, 28and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. 29Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, 30and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, 31but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul."
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