Ezekiel 33 (New American Standard)

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The Watchman's Duty

1 And the word of the LORD came 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 land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land and 2blows on the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and 3does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his 4blood will be on his own head. 5 'He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning ; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have 5delivered his life. 6 'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is 6taken away ain his iniquity ; but his 7blood I will require from the watchman's hand.' 7 "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. 8 "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will 10surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 "But if you on your part warn a wicked man 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. 10 "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 13rotting away in them; 14how then can we dsurvive ?"' 11 "Say to them, '15As I live !' declares the Lord eGOD, 'I take 16no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked 17turn from his way and live. 18Turn back, turn back from your evil ways ! Why then will you die, O house of Israel ?' 12 "And you, son of man, say to fyour fellow citizens, 'The 19righteousness of a righteous man 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 righteous man will not be able to live gby his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.' 13 "When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he so trusts in his righteousness that he 21commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered ; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die. 14 "But when I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' and he 22turns from his sin and practices 23justice and righteousness, 15 if a wicked man restores a pledge, 24pays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the 25statutes hwhich ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live ; he shall not die. 16 "26None of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness ; he shall surely live. 17 "Yet iyour fellow citizens say, 'The way of the Lord is not right,' when it is their own way that is not right. 18 "When the righteous turns from his righteousness and 27commits iniquity, then he shall die in jit. 19 "But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 "Yet you say, '28The way of the Lord is not right.' O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways."

Word of Jerusalem's Capture

21 Now 29in the 30twelfth year of our exile, on the fifth of the tenth month, the krefugees from Jerusalem came to me, saying, "31The city has been ltaken." 22 Now the 32hand of the LORD had been upon me in the evening, before the mrefugees came. And He 33opened my mouth nat the time they came to me in the morning ; so my mouth was 34opened and I was no longer ospeechless. 23 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 24 "Son of man, they who 35live in these waste places 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 "Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "You eat meat with the 38blood in it, lift up your eyes to your idols as you shed blood. 39Should you then possess the land ? 26 "You p40rely on your sword, you commit abominations and each of you defiles his neighbor's wife. Should you then possess the land ?"' 27 "Thus you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "As I live, surely those who are in the waste places will 41fall by the sword, and whoever is in the qopen field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the 42caves will die of pestilence. 28 "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 desolate so that no one will pass through. 29 "Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I make the land a desolation and a waste because of all their abominations which they have committed."' 30 "But as for you, son of man, ryour fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, '45Come now and hear what the smessage is which comes forth from the LORD.' 31 "They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their 46mouth, and their heart goes after their 47gain. 32 "Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a 48beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them. 33 "So when it 49comes to pass -tas surely it will-then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst."
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