But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.
But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’
But if the watchman see the sword come
Or those that kill with the sword, as the Targum is; so far doing
the duty of his office as to be in the watchtower, and not
asleep: and yet blow not the trumpet:
to give the people notice of the enemy, and of their danger:
and the people be not warned;
but in the utmost security, not apprehending themselves to be in
any danger at all: if the sword come and take any person
from among them;
even though but a single person: he is taken away in his
having had no time to have it set before him, and to be
convinced, and to repent of it, and seek for pardoning mercy for
it; it is a dreadful thing thus to be taken out of the world, and
snatched into hell at once: but his blood will I require at
the watchman's hands;
he shall be punished for not doing his duty, for not giving the
due warning of danger, on which account the man was surprised
with the enemy, and taken away unawares; and therefore his death
shall be laid to the watchman, and he must be answerable for it.