I will make you as hard as a diamond, harder than stone. Don't be afraid of them. Don't be terrified in their presence, even though they are rebellious people."
He also said to me, "Son of man, take to heart everything I have spoken to you, and listen closely.
Go to the exiles, to your people. Whether they listen or not, tell them, 'This is what the Almighty LORD says.'"
Then the Spirit lifted me, and behind me I heard a loud thundering voice say, "Blessed is the LORD's glory, which left this place."
I also heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures touching one another and the noise of the wheels beside them as well as a loud rumbling.
Then the Spirit lifted me and took me away. I went away feeling bitter and angry. The strong power of the LORD came over me.
I went to Tel Abib, to the exiles who lived by the Chebar River. I sat there among them for seven days. I was stunned.
After seven days the LORD spoke his word to me. He said,
"Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the people of Israel. Listen to what I say, and warn them for me.
Suppose I tell you that wicked people will surely die, but you don't warn them or speak out so that they can change their wicked ways in order to save their lives. Then these wicked people will die because of their sin, but I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
But suppose you warn the wicked people, and they don't turn from their wicked ways. Then they will die because of their sin, but you will save yourself.