Then He said to me, "Son of man, eatwhat you find ; 1eatthisscroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel."
So I 2opened my mouth, and He fed me thisscroll.
He said to me, "Son of man, feed your stomach and 3fill your abody with thisscrollwhich I am giving you." Then I 4ate it, and it was sweet as 5honey in my mouth.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, bgo to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.
"For 6you are not being sent to a people of c7unintelligiblespeech or difficultlanguage, but to the house of Israel,
6nor to manypeoples of dunintelligiblespeech or difficultlanguage, whosewords you cannotunderstand. eBut I have sent you to them fwho should listen to you;
yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are 8not willing to listen to Me. Surely the wholehouse of Israel is gstubborn and obstinate .
8"Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.
"Like hemeryharderthanflint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayedbefore them, though they are a rebellioushouse."
Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, take into your heartall My 9wordswhich I will speak to you and listeniclosely.
"jGo to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listenorknot, 'Thussays the LordlGOD.' "
Then the 10Spiritlifted me up, and I heard a great11rumblingsoundbehind me, "Blessed be the glory of the LORDmin His place."
And I heard the sound of the wings of the livingbeingstouchingoneanother and the sound of the 12wheelsbeside them, even a greatrumblingsound.
So the Spiritlifted me up and took me away; and I wentembittered in the rage of my spirit, and 13the hand of the LORD was strong on me.
Then I came to the exiles who livedbeside the riverChebar at Tel-abib, and I satthere14sevendayswhere they were living, causingconsternationamong them.
1615At the end of sevendays the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
17"Son of man, I have appointed you a 16watchman to the house of Israel ; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, 17warn them from Me.
"When I say to the wicked, 'You will surelydie,' and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wickedway that he may live, that wickedman shall die in his iniquity, but his 18blood I will require at your hand.
"Yet if you have 19warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wickedway, he shall die in his iniquity ; but you have 20deliveredyourself.
"Again, 21when a righteousmanturnsaway from his righteousness and commitsiniquity, and I place an 22obstaclebefore him, he will die ; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousdeedswhich he has done shall not be remembered ; but his blood I will require at your hand.
"However, if you have 23warnednthe righteousman that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surelylivebecause he tookwarning ; and you have deliveredyourself."
The hand of the LORD was on me there, and He said to me, "Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will 24speak to you."
So I got up and went out to the plain ; and behold, the 25glory of the LORD was standingthere, like the glorywhich26I saw by the riverChebar, and I fell on my face.
The 27Spirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me and said to me, "Go, shut yourself up in your house.
"As for you, son of man, they will 28putropes on you and bind you with them so that you cannotgo out among them.
"Moreover, 29I will make your tonguestick to othe roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellioushouse.
"But 30when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, 'Thussays the LordpGOD.' He who hears, let him hear ; and he who refuses, let him refuse ; 31for they are a rebellioushouse.