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14 (A)The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the (B)hand of the Lord being strong upon me. 15 (C)And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling (D)by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.[a] And (E)I sat there (F)overwhelmed among them (G)seven days.
A Watchman for Israel
16 (H)And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17 (I)“Son of man, (J)I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall (K)give them warning from me. 18 (L)If I say to the wicked, (M)‘You shall surely die,’ (N)and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person (O)shall die for[b] his iniquity, (P)but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 (Q)But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, (R)but you (S)will have delivered your soul. 20 (T)Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, (U)and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. (V)Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, (W)and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, (X)but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”
22 (Y)And the hand of the Lord was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into (Z)the valley,[c] and (AA)there I will speak with you.” 23 So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, (AB)the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen (AC)by the Chebar canal, (AD)and I fell on my face. 24 (AE)But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself within your house. 25 And you, O son of man, behold, (AF)cords will be placed upon you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people. 26 And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that (AG)you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, (AH)for they are a rebellious house. 27 (AI)But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, (AJ)‘Thus says the Lord God.’ (AK)He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.Read full chapter