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Ezekiel Before the Exiles

3:12 Then a wind lifted me up15 and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me as the glory of the Lord rose from its place,16 3:13 and the sound of the living beings’ wings brushing against each other, and the sound of the wheels alongside them, a great rumbling sound. 3:14 A wind lifted me up and carried me away. I went bitterly,17 my spirit full of fury, and the hand of the Lord rested powerfully18 on me. 3:15 I came to the exiles at Tel Abib,19 who lived by the Kebar River.20 I sat dumbfounded among them there, where they were living, for seven days.21

3:16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me:22 3:17 “Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman23 for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you must give them a warning from me. 3:18 When I say to the wicked, “You will certainly die,”24 and you do not warn him—you do not speak out to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked deed and wicked lifestyle so that he may live—that wicked person will die for his iniquity,25 but I will hold you accountable for his death.26 3:19 But as for you, if you warn the wicked and he does not turn from his wicked deed and from his wicked lifestyle, he will die for his iniquity but you will have saved your own life.27

3:20 “When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I set an obstacle28 before him, he will die. If you have not warned him, he will die for his sin. The righteous deeds he performed will not be considered, but I will hold you accountable for his death. 3:21 However, if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he29 does not sin, he will certainly live because he was warned, and you will have saved your own life.”


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