The LORD spoke his word to me. He said,
"Son of man, speak to your people. Tell them, 'Suppose I bring war on this country, and the people of this country choose one of their men and make him their watchman.
If he sees the enemy coming to attack the country, he will blow his horn to warn the people.
If the people hear the horn and ignore the warning and the enemy comes and takes them, they will be responsible for their own deaths.
They heard the sound of the horn but ignored its warning. So they are responsible for their own deaths. If they had taken the warning, they would have saved themselves.
"'But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn't blow his horn to warn the people and the enemy comes and kills someone, that watchman must die because of his sin. I will hold him responsible for their deaths.'
"Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for the people of Israel. Listen to what I say, and warn them for me.