God's Message came to me:
"Son of man, speak to your people. Tell them: 'If I bring war on this land and the people take one of their citizens and make him their watchman,
and if the watchman sees war coming and blows the trumpet, warning the people,
then if anyone hears the sound of the trumpet and ignores it and war comes and takes him off, it's his own fault.
He heard the alarm, he ignored it - it's his own fault. If he had listened, he would have saved his life.
"You, son of man, are the watchman. I've made you a watchman for Israel. The minute you hear a message from me, warn them.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)