Then I came to the colony of Judean exiles in Tel-abib, beside the Kebar River. I was overwhelmed and sat among them for seven days.
After seven days the gave me a message. He said,
“Son of man, I have appointed you as a watchman for Israel. Whenever you receive a message from me, warn people immediately.
If I warn the wicked, saying, ‘You are under the penalty of death,’ but you fail to deliver the warning, they will die in their sins. And I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
If you warn them and they refuse to repent and keep on sinning, they will die in their sins. But you will have saved yourself because you obeyed me.
“If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
But if you warn righteous people not to sin and they listen to you and do not sin, they will live, and you will have saved yourself, too.”
Then the took hold of me and said, “Get up and go out into the valley, and I will speak to you there.”
So I got up and went, and there I saw the glory of the , just as I had seen in my first vision by the Kebar River. And I fell face down on the ground.
Then the Spirit came into me and set me on my feet. He spoke to me and said, “Go to your house and shut yourself in.
There, son of man, you will be tied with ropes so you cannot go out among the people.