And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel."
So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate1 it, and it tasted as sweet as honey2 in my mouth.
He then said to me: "Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them.35
You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and difficult language,4 but to the house of Israel--
not to many peoples of obscure speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.57
But the house of Israel is not willing to listen6 to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for the whole house of Israel is hardened and obstinate.78
But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.89
I will make your forehead9 like the hardest stone, harder than flint.10 Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.11"
And he said to me, "Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart12 all the words I speak to you.
Go13 now to your countrymen in exile and speak to them. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says,'14 whether they listen or fail to listen.15"
Then the Spirit lifted me up,16 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 creatures17 brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound.1814
The Spirit19 then lifted me up20 and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD21 upon me.
I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Abib near the Kebar River.22 And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days23--overwhelmed.
At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:2417
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman25 for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.2618
When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,27' 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.2819
But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn29 from his wickedness30 or from his evil ways, he will die31 for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.3220
"Again, when a righteous man turns33 from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block34 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.3521
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.36"
The hand of the LORD37 was upon me there, and he said to me, "Get up and go38 out to the plain,39 and there I will speak to you."
So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River,40 and I fell facedown.4124
Then the Spirit came into me and raised me42 to my feet. He spoke to me and said: "Go, shut yourself inside your house.4325
And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.4426
I will make your tongue stick to the roof45 of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house.4627
But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'47 Whoever will listen let him listen, and whoever will refuse let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house.48