I came to the captives from Judah, who lived by the Kebar River at Tel Abib. I sat there seven days where these people lived, feeling shocked.
After seven days the Lord spoke his word to me again. He said,
"Human, I now make you a watchman for Israel. Any time you hear a word from my mouth, warn them for me.
When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,' you must warn them so they may live. If you don't speak out to warn the wicked to stop their evil ways, they will die in their sin. But I will hold you responsible for their death.
If you warn the wicked and they do not turn from their wickedness or their evil ways, they will die because of their sin. But you will have saved your life.
"Again, those who do right may turn away from doing good and do evil. If I make something bad happen to them, they will die. Because you have not warned them, they will die because of their sin, and the good they did will not be remembered. But I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
But if you have warned those good people not to sin, and they do not sin, they will surely live, because they believed the warning. And you will have saved your life."
Then I felt the power of the Lord there. He said to me, "Get up and go out to the plain. There I will speak to you."
So I got up and went out to the plain. I saw the glory of the Lord standing there, like the glory I saw by the Kebar River, and I bowed facedown on the ground.
Then the Spirit entered me and made me stand on my feet. He spoke to me and said, "Go, shut yourself up in your house.
As for you, human, the people will tie you up with ropes so that you will not be able to go out among them.