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.14
The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.2 Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'35
And whether they listen or fail to listen4--for they are a rebellious house5--they will know that a prophet has been among them.66
And you, son of man, do not be afraid7 of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns8 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.97
You must speak10 my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.118
But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel1213 like that rebellious house;14 open your mouth and eat15 what I give you."
Then I looked, and I saw a hand16 stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,1710
which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.18