3 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; aeat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. abThen did I eat it; and it was in my mouth cas honey for sweetness.
4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 5 For thou art not sent to a people †of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel; 6 Not to many people †of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. ||Surely, fhad I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; gfor they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel hare †impudent and hardhearted. 8 Behold, kI have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against itheir foreheads. 9 As lan adamant mharder than flint have kI made thy forehead: nfear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, othough they be a rebellious house. 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, pall my words that I shall speak unto thee breceive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to qthem of the captivity, unto rthe children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; swhether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. 12 Then tthe spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great urushing, vsaying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord wfrom his place. 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of xthe living creatures that †touched one another, and the noise of xthe wheels over against them, and a noise of a great urushing. 14 So tthe spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went †in bitterness, in the †heat of my spirit; but ythe hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
15 Then I came to qthem of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt zby the river of Chebar, and aI sat where they sat, and aremained there astonished among them bseven days. 16 cAnd it came to pass at the end of bseven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 17 dSon of man, eI have made thee a dfwatchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and ggive them warning from me. 18 hWhen I say unto the wicked, iThou shalt surely die; and thou ggivest him not warning, nor speakest gto warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; hthe same wicked man jshall die in his iniquity; but khis blood will I require at thine hand. 19 lYet if thou gwarn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, jhe shall die in his iniquity; lmbut thou nhast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, oWhen a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and pI lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not ggiven him warning, he shall die in his sin, and ohis †righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but khis blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou gwarn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is gwarned; also thou nhast delivered thy soul.
22 qAnd the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth rinto the plain, and sI will there talk with thee. 23 Then I arose, and went forth rinto the plain: and, behold, ssthe glory of the Lord stood there, as the glory which I saw tby the river of Chebar: and ssI fell on my face. 24 uThen the spirit entered into me, and uset me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, vthey shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: 26 And wI will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that xthou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them †a reprover: yfor they are a rebellious house. 27 But when I speak with thee, zI will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, aThus saith the Lord God; aHe that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: yfor they are a rebellious house.