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Ezekiel 33:1-9 (New International Version)

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Ezekiel a Watchman

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, speak to your countrymen and say to them: 'When I bring the sword1 against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman,2 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet3 to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning4 and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head.5 5 Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head.6 If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.7 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'8 7 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman9 for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.10 8 When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,11' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die fora his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.12 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so,13 he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.14
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