Ezekiel 3 ©

1 Ezekiel is made to eat the roll. 4 God encourageth him in the discharge of his office: 15 he is carried by the spirit to Tel-abib; and is there admonished of his duty as a watchman to Israel. 22 God farther instructeth him concerning his typical bands, and the shutting and opening of his mouth.


MOREOVER he said unto me, Son of man, aeat that thou findest; eat this *roll, and bgo speak unto the house of Israel.


So cI opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that *roll.


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.


¶And he said unto me, Son of man, fgo, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.


For gthou art not sent to a people 1of a *strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;


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.


But hthe house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are 4impudent and hardhearted.


Behold, iI have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.


As an adamant jharder than flint have I made thy forehead: kfear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.


Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, lall my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.


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.


I heard also tthe noise of the wings of uthe living creatures that 5touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing.

u ch. 1.5,15.

So vthe spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went 6in bitterness, in 7the heat of my spirit; wbut the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.


¶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.

y ch. 1.1.

And ait came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,


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.


¶And vthe hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, wgo forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.


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.


Then bthe spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, cshut thyself within thine house.


But thou, O son of man, behold, dthey shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them:


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.