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Ezekiel 2Living Bible (TLB)

And he said to me: “Stand up, son of dust,[a] and I will talk to you.”

And the Spirit entered into me as he spoke, and set me on my feet.

“Son of dust,” he said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, to a nation rebelling against me. They and their fathers have kept on sinning against me until this very hour. For they are a hard-hearted, stiff-necked people. But I am sending you to give them my messages—the messages of the Lord God. And whether they listen or not (for remember, they are rebels), they will at least know they have had a prophet among them.

“Son of dust, don’t be afraid of them; don’t be frightened even though their threats are sharp and barbed and sting like scorpions. Don’t be dismayed by their dark scowls. For remember, they are rebels! You must give them my messages whether they listen or not (but they won’t,[b] for they are utter rebels). Listen, son of dust, to what I say to you. Don’t you be a rebel too! Open your mouth and eat what I give you.”

9-10 Then I looked and saw a hand holding out to me a scroll, with writing on both sides. He unrolled it, and I saw that it was full of warnings and sorrows and pronouncements of doom.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 2:1 son of dust, or “son of man,” appears eighty-seven times throughout the book of Ezekiel. The connotation is “mortal man.” In Daniel 7:13, the corresponding Aramaic expression is used for the Messiah as representative of the human race of which he is the head.
  2. Ezekiel 2:7 but they won’t, implied.
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