If I sent you to great nations that spoke difficult languages you didn't understand, they would listen to you.
But none of the people of Israel will be willing to listen; they will not even listen to me. All of them are stubborn and defiant.
Now I will make you as stubborn and as tough as they are.
I will make you as firm as a rock, as hard as a diamond; don't be afraid of those rebels."
God continued, "Mortal man, pay close attention and remember everything I tell you.
Then go to the people of your nation who are in exile and tell them what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to them, whether they pay attention to you or not."
Then God's spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the loud roar of a voice that said, "Praise the glory of the Lord in heaven above!"
I heard the wings of the creatures beating together in the air, and the noise of the wheels, as loud as an earthquake.
The power of the Lord came on me with great force, and as his spirit carried me off, I felt bitter and angry.
So I came to Tel Abib beside the Chebar River, where the exiles were living, and for seven days I stayed there, overcome by what I had seen and heard.
After the seven days had passed, the Lord spoke to me.