And the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
2"Son of man, speak to the 1sons of your people and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the landtakeoneman from among them and make him their watchman,
and he sees the swordcoming upon the land and 2blows on the trumpet and warns the people,
then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and 3does not takewarning, and a swordcomes and takes him away, his 4blood will be on his own head.
'He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not takewarning; his blood will be on himself. But had he takenwarning, he would have 5delivered his life.
'But if the watchmansees the swordcoming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a swordcomes and takes a person from them, he is 6taken away ain his iniquity; but his 7blood I will require from the watchman'shand.'
"Now as for you, son of man, I have b8appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a cmessage from My mouth and give them 9warning from Me.
"When I say to the wicked, 'O wickedman, you will 10surelydie,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wickedman shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand.
"But if you on your partwarn a wickedman to turn from his way and he 11does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have 12delivered your life.
"Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'Thus you have spoken, saying, "Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are 13rottingaway in them; 14how then can we dsurvive?"'
11"Say to them, '15As I live!' declares the LordeGOD, 'I take16nopleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked17turn from his way and live. 18Turnback, turnback from your evilways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?'
"And you, son of man, say to fyour fellowcitizens, 'The 19righteousness of a righteousman will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will 20not stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteousman will not be able to livegby his righteousness on the day when he commitssin.'
"When I say to the righteous he will surelylive, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he 21commitsiniquity, none of his righteousdeeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die.
"But when I say to the wicked, 'You will surelydie,' and he 22turns from his sin and practices23justice and righteousness,
if a wickedmanrestores a pledge, 24paysbackwhat he has taken by robbery, walks by the 25statuteshwhich ensure lifewithoutcommittinginiquity, he shall surelylive; he shall not die.
"26None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practicedjustice and righteousness; he shall surelylive.
"Yet iyour fellowcitizenssay, 'The way of the Lord is not right,' when it is their own way that is not right.
"When the righteousturns from his righteousness and 27commitsiniquity, then he shall die in jit.
"But when the wickedturns from his wickedness and practicesjustice and righteousness, he will live by them.
"Yet you say, '28The way of the Lord is not right.' O house of Israel, I will judgeeach of you according to his ways."
Now 29in the 30twelfthyear of our exile, on the fifth of the tenthmonth, the krefugees from Jerusalemcame to me, saying, "31The city has been ltaken."
Now the 32hand of the LORD had been upon me in the evening, before the mrefugeescame. And He 33opened my mouthnat the time they came to me in the morning; so my mouth was 34opened and I was nolongerospeechless.
Then the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
24"Son of man, they who 35live in thesewasteplaces in the land of Israel are saying, '36Abraham was only one, yet he possessed the land; so to 37us who are many the land has been given as a possession.'
25"Thereforesay to them, 'Thussays the LordGOD, "You eat meat with the 38blood in it, lift up your eyes to your idols as you shedblood. 39Should you then possess the land?
"You p40rely on your sword, you commitabominations and each of you defiles his neighbor'swife. Should you then possess the land?"'
27"Thus you shall say to them, 'Thussays the LordGOD, "As I live, surely those who are in the wasteplaces will 41fall by the sword, and whoever is in the qopenfield I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the 42caves will die of pestilence.
"I will 43make the land a desolation and a waste, and the 44pride of her power will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolateso that noone will passthrough.
"Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I make the land a desolation and a wastebecause of all their abominationswhich they have committed."'
"But as for you, son of man, ryour fellowcitizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to oneanother, each to his brother, saying, '45Comenow and hearwhat the smessage is which comesforth from the LORD.'
"They come to you as peoplecome, and sitbefore you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustfuldesires expressed by their 46mouth, and their heartgoesafter their 47gain.
32"Behold, you are to them like a sensualsong by one who has a 48beautifulvoice and playswell on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them.
"So when it 49comes to pass -tas surely it will-then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst."