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Ezekiel eats the roll.
3:1 He said to me,Son of man, eat that which you find. Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.
3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat the scroll.
3:3 He said to me,Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this scroll that I give you.Then I ate it; and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
God encourages him.
3:4 He said to me,Son of man, go to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them.
3:5 For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel;
3:6 not to many peoples of a strange speech and of a hard language, whose words you can not understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they would listen to you.
3:7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you; for they will not listen to me: for all the house of Israel are obstinate and hard-hearted.
3:8 Behold, I have made your face hard against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads.
3:9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead: donít be afraid of them, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.
3:10 Moreover he said to me,Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart, and hear with your ears.
3:11 Go to them of the captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them, and tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
3:12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great rushing, saying,Blessed be the glory of Yahweh from his place.
3:13 I heard the noise of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, even the noise of a great rushing.
3:14 So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; and the hand of Yahweh was strong on me.
God shews him the rule of prophecy.
3:15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days.
3:16 It happened at the end of seven days, that the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,3:17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore hear the word from my mouth, and give them warning from me.
3:18 When I tell the wicked,You shall surely die;and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life;
the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.
3:19 Yet if you warn the wicked, and he doesnít turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
3:20 Again, when a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at your hand.
3:21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man, that the righteous not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you have delivered your soul.
God shuts and opens the prophet's mouth.
3:22 The hand of Yahweh was there on me; and he said to me,Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with you.
3:23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and behold, the glory of Yahweh stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell on my face.
3:24 Then the Spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and he spoke with me, and said to me, Go, shut yourself inside your house.
3:25 But you, son of man, behold, they shall lay bands on you, and shall bind you with them, and you shall not go out among them:
3:26 and I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, that you shall be mute, and shall not be to them a reprover; for they are a rebellious house.
3:27 But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall tell them, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: He who hears, let him hear; and he who forbears, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.
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