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And He said to me, 'Son of man, eat what you find, eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Yisra'el.'
And I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll.
And He said to me, 'Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I am giving you.' And I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.
And He said to me, 'Son of man, go to the house of Yisra'el, and you shall speak to them with My words.
'For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and of difficult language, but to the house of Yisra'el,
not to many people of foreign speech and of difficult language, whose words you do not understand. If I had rather sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
'But the house of Yisra'el is going to refuse to listen to you, for they refuse to listen to Me. For all the house of Yisra'el are hard of head, and hard of heart.
'See, I shall make your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.
'Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I shall make your forehead. Do not be afraid of them, nor be discouraged at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.'
And He said to me, 'Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears.
'And go! Come to the exiles, to the children of your people, and speak to them and say to them, 'Thus said the Master YHWH,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse.'
And the Spirit lifted me up, and behind me I heard the sound of a great rumbling voice, 'Blessed be the esteem of YHWH from His place,'
and the sound of the wings of the living creatures touching one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of a great rushing.
And the Spirit lifted me and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit, while the hand of YHWH was strong upon me.
And I came to the exiles at Tel Abib, who were dwelling by the River Kebar. And I sat where they were sitting, and sat there, stunned among them, seven days.
Warning to Israel...
And it came to be at the end of seven days that the word of YHWH came to me, saying,
'Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Yisra'el. And you shall hear a word from My mouth, and shall warn them from Me.
'When I say to the wrong, 'You shall certainly die,' and you have not warned him, nor spoken to warn the wrong from his wrong way, to save his life, that same wrong man shall die in his crookedness, and his blood I require at your hand.
'But if you have warned the wrong and he does not turn from his wrong, nor from his wrong way, he shall die in his crookedness, and you have delivered your being.
'And when a righteous one turns from his righteousness and shall do unrighteousness, when I have put a stumbling-block before him, he shall die. Because you did not warn him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done is not remembered, and his blood I require at your hand.
'But if you have warned the righteous one that the righteous should not sin, and he did not sin, he shall certainly live because he has been warned, and you have delivered your being.'
And the hand of YHWH came upon me there, and He said to me, 'Arise, go out into the plain, so that I might speak to you there.'
So I got up and went out into the plain, and see, the esteem of YHWH stood there, like the esteem which I saw by the River Kebar, and I fell on my face.
And the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and spoke with me and said to me, 'Go, shut yourself inside your house.
'And you, O son of man, see, they shall put cords on you and bind you with them, so that you do not go out in their midst.
'And I make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be dumb and not be a reprover to them, for they are a rebellious house.
'But when I speak with you, I open your mouth, and you shall say to them, 'Thus said the Master YHWH.' He who hears, let him hear. And he who refuses, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.