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MOREOVER he said to me, Son of man, eat that which you find;
eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel.
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So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that scroll.
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And he said to me, Son of man, fill your belly with this scroll that I give you.
Then I ate it and it was in my mouth sweet as honey.
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And he said to me, Son of man, go to them of the captivity, to the children of Israel, and speak my words to them.
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For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel;
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Nor to many peoples whose speech you do not understand.
Surely, if I send you to them, they would listen to you.
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But the house of Israel will not listen to you;
for they will not hearken to me;
for all the house of Israel are impudent and stubborn of heart.
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Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead hard against their foreheads.
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As an adamant harder than flint have I made your forehead;
fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
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Moreover he said to me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak to you receive in your heart and hear with your ears.
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And go and get you to them of the captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, Thus says the LORD God;
perhaps they will listen, and tremble.
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Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me the sound of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place.
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I heard also the sound of the wings of the living creatures touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them and a noise of a great rushing.
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So the spirit lifted me up, and carried me away, and I went in the strength of my spirit;
and the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.
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Then I came to the exiles at Tel-akib, who dwelt by the river Chebar, and I stayed there astonished among them seven days.
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¶ And it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came upon me, saying.
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Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel;
therefore hear the words of my mouth and give them warning from me.
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When I say to the sinner, You shall surely die;
but you have not warned him, nor have you spoken to warn the sinner from his wicked way, to save his life;
the same sinner shall die in his iniquity;
and his blood will I require at your hand.
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But if you warn the sinner, and he turn not from his sin nor from his evil way, he shall die in his sins;
but you have delivered your soul.
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Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, I will lay a stumbling block before him, and he shall die;
because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sins and his righteousness which he had done shall not be remembered;
and his blood will I require at your hand.
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Nevertheless, if you warn the righteous man, that he may not sin, and he does not sin, the righteous man shall surely live, because he is warned;
and you have delivered your soul.
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¶ And the hand of the LORD was there upon me;
and he said to me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will talk to you there.
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Then I arose and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river Chebar;
and I fell on my face.
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Then the spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet, and spoke with me and said to me, Go, shut yourself in your house.
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And you, O Son of man, behold, they shall put chains upon you, and shall bind you with them, that you cannot go out among them.
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And I will make your tongue cleave to your palate, and you shall be dumb and shall not be to them a reprover;
for they are a rebellious house.
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But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, Thus says the LORD God: He that hears, let him hear;
and he that trembles, let him tremble;
for they are a rebellious house.