Once again a message came to me from the LORD:
"Son of man, give your people this message: When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose a watchman.
When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he blows the alarm to warn the people.
Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action -- well, it is their own fault if they die.
They heard the warning but wouldn't listen, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives.
But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn't sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their deaths. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman accountable.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)