3 He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.t 4 The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.u Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’v 5 And whether they listen or fail to listenw—for they are a rebellious peoplex—they will know that a prophet has been among them.y 6 And you, son of man, do not be afraidz of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thornsa are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.b 7 You must speakc my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.d 8 But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebele like that rebellious people;f open your mouth and eatg what I give you.”
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