So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
And he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it." Then I ate it; and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.
And he said to me, "Son of man, go, get you to the house of Israel, and speak with my words to them.
For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel--
not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you.
But the house of Israel will not listen to you; for they are not willing to listen to me; because all the house of Israel are of a hard forehead and of a stubborn heart.
Behold, I have made your face hard against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads.
Like adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead; fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house."
Moreover he said to me, "Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears.
And go, get you to the exiles, to your people, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD'; whether they hear or refuse to hear."
Then the Spirit lifted me up, and as the glory of the LORD arose from its place, I heard behind me the sound of a great earthquake;
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