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Ezekiel 3:16-27 (Today's New International Version)

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Ezekiel's Task as Watchman

16 At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me:1 17 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman2 for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.3 18 When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die,4' and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their lives, those wicked people will die fora their sins, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.5 19 But if you do warn the wicked and they do not turn6 from their wickedness7 or from their evil ways, they will die8 for their sins; but you will have saved yourself.9 20 "Again, when the righteous turn10 from their righteousness and do evil, and I put a stumbling block11 before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sins. The righteous things they did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.12 21 But if you do warn the righteous not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.13" 22 The hand of the LORD 14 was on me there, and he said to me, "Get up and go15 out to the plain,16 and there I will speak to you." 23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River,17 and I fell facedown.18 24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me19 to my feet. He spoke to me and said: "Go, shut yourself inside your house.20 25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.21 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof22 of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious house.23 27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says.'24 Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious house.25
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