He said to me, "Son of man, stand up on your feet. I will speak to you."
As he spoke, the Spirit of the LORD came into me. He raised me to my feet. I heard him speaking to me.
He said, "Son of man, I am sending you to the people of Israel. That nation has refused to obey me. They have turned against me. They and their people before them have been against me to this very day.
The people I am sending you to are very stubborn. Tell them, 'Here is what the LORD and King says.'
"They might listen, or they might not. After all, they refuse to obey me. But whether they listen or not, they will know that a prophet was among them.
"Son of man, do not be afraid of them or of what they say. Do not be afraid, even if thorns and bushes are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say. Do not be terrified by them. They always refuse to obey me.