The Watchman’s Duty

33 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, speak to the (A)sons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming upon the land and (B)blows on the trumpet and warns the people, then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and (C)does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his (D)blood will be on his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have (E)delivered his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is (F)taken away [a]in his iniquity; but his (G)blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

“Now as for you, son of man, I have [b](H)appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a [c]message from My mouth and give them (I)warning from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will (J)surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he (K)does not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have (L)delivered your life.

10 “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are (M)rotting away in them; (N)how then can we [d]survive?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘(O)As I live!’ declares the Lord [e]God, ‘I take (P)no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked (Q)turn from his way and live. (R)Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

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  1. Ezekiel 33:6 Or for, and so throughout the ch
  2. Ezekiel 33:7 Or given
  3. Ezekiel 33:7 Lit word
  4. Ezekiel 33:10 Lit live
  5. Ezekiel 33:11 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch