Ezekiel 3 ©
Ezekiel is made to eat the roll. God encourageth him in the discharge of his office: he is carried by the spirit to Tel-abib; and is there admonished of his duty as a watchman to Israel. God farther instructeth him concerning his typical bands, and the shutting and opening of his mouth.
And he said unto me, Son of man, dcause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this *roll that I give thee. Then did I eeat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
Not to many people 2of a *strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, 3had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
And go, get thee mto them of the captivity, unto nthe children of othy people, and pspeak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
Then qthe spirit took me up, and I heard behind me ra voice of a great rushing, saying, sBlessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
¶Then I came to xthem of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt yby the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and zremained there astonished among them seven days.
Son of man, bI have made thee ca watchman unto the house of Israel: dtherefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
When I say unto the wicked, eThou shalt surely die; and fthou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, gto save his life; the same wicked man hshall die in his iniquity; but ihis blood will I require at thine hand.
Yet jif thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, khe shall die in his iniquity; lbut thou hast mdelivered thy soul.
Again, When a nrighteous man doth turn from his 8righteousness, and ocommit iniquity, and I play a stumblingblock before him, qhe shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; rbut his blood will I require at thine hand.
Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous ssin not, and he doth not sin, the shall surely live, because he is warned; also uthou hast delivered thy soul.
Then I arose, and went forth xinto the plain: and, behold, the yglory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw zby the river of Chebar: aand I fell on my face.
And eI will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and fshalt not be to them 9a reprover: for they are a grebellious house.
But when I speak with thee, hI will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; iHe that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.