He said to me, "Son of man,1 stand2 up on your feet and I will speak to you.3"
As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me4 to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.54
The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.6 Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'75
And whether they listen or fail to listen8--for they are a rebellious house9--they will know that a prophet has been among them.106
And you, son of man, do not be afraid11 of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns12 are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.137
You must speak14 my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.158
But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel1617 like that rebellious house;18 open your mouth and eat19 what I give you."
Then I looked, and I saw a hand20 stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,2110
which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.22