3:1 He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you see in front of you1 – eat this scroll – and then go and speak to the house of Israel.” 3:2 So I opened my mouth and he fed me the scroll.
3:3 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving to you.” So I ate it,2 and it was sweet like honey in my mouth.
3:4 He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. 3:5 For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech3 and difficult language,4 but5 to the house of Israel – 3:6 not to many peoples of unintelligible speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand6 – surely if7 I had sent you to them, they would listen to you! 3:7 But the house of Israel is unwilling to listen to you,8 because they are not willing to listen to me,9 for the whole house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted.10
3:8 “I have made your face adamant11 to match their faces, and your forehead hard to match their foreheads. 3:9 I have made your forehead harder than flint – like diamond!12 Do not fear them or be terrified of the looks they give you,13 for they are a rebellious house.”
3:10 And he said to me, “Son of man, take all my words that I speak to you to heart and listen carefully.
3:11 Go to the exiles, to your fellow countrymen,14 and speak to them – say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign
Ezekiel Before the Exiles
3:12 Then a wind lifted me up15 and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me as the glory of the
3:16 At the end of seven days the word of the
3:20 “When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I set an obstacle28 before him, he will die. If you have not warned him, he will die for his sin. The righteous deeds he performed will not be considered, but I will hold you accountable for his death. 3:21 However, if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he29 does not sin, he will certainly live because he was warned, and you will have saved your own life.”
Isolated and Silenced
3:22 The hand30 of the
3:24 Then a wind33 came into me and stood me on my feet. The