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Ezekiel 2 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It said, "Son of man, stand up. I have something to say to you." 1 He said to me, "Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you."
2 The moment I heard the voice, the Spirit entered me and put me on my feet. As he spoke to me, I listened. 2 As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
3 He said, "Son of man, I'm sending you to the family of Israel, a rebellious nation if there ever was one. They and their ancestors have fomented rebellion right up to the present. 3 He said: "Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day.
4 They're a hard case, these people to whom I'm sending you - hardened in their sin. Tell them, 'This is the Message of God, the Master.' 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'
5 They are a defiant bunch. Whether or not they listen, at least they'll know that a prophet's been here. 5 And whether they listen or fail to listen--for they are a rebellious house--they will know that a prophet has been among them.
6 But don't be afraid of them, son of man, and don't be afraid of anything they say. Don't be afraid when living among them is like stepping on thorns or finding scorpions in your bed. Don't be afraid of their mean words or their hard looks. They're a bunch of rebels. 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.
7 Your job is to speak to them. Whether they listen is not your concern. They're hardened rebels. 7 You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.
8 "Only take care, son of man, that you don't rebel like these rebels. Open your mouth and eat what I give you." 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you."
9 When I looked he had his hand stretched out to me, and in the hand a book, a scroll. 9 Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,
10 He unrolled the scroll. On both sides, front and back, were written lamentations and mourning and doom. 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.