In the twenty-fifth year of our exile, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth of the month, in the fourteenth year after the fall of the city1--on that very day the hand of the LORD was on me2 and he took me there.
In visions3 of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain,4 on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city.
He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze;5 he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod6 in his hand.
The man said to me, "Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you,7 for that is why you have been brought here. Tell8 the house of Israel everything you see.9"