1And he said to me, #[See ch. 2:1 above] “Son of man, eat whatever you find here. #[ch. 2:8]Eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me this scroll to eat. 3And he said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.” #Jer. 15:16; Rev. 10:9, 10 Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth #[Ps. 19:10; 119:103]as sweet as honey.
4And he said to me, #See ch. 2:1“Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with my words to them. 5For you are not sent to a people of foreign speech and a hard language, but to the house of Israel— 6not to many peoples of foreign speech and a hard language, whose words you cannot understand. #[Matt. 11:21, 23]Surely, if I sent you to such, they would listen to you. 7#[John 15:20] But the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, for they are not willing to listen to me: because all the house of Israel #[ch. 2:4]have a hard forehead and a stubborn heart. 8#See Jer. 1:18Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9Like #[Isa. 50:7] emery harder than flint have I made your forehead. #ch. 2:6Fear them not, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.” 10Moreover, he said to me, “Son of man, #Jer. 26:2 all my words that I shall speak to you receive #[ver. 3]in your heart, and hear with your ears. 11And go to the exiles, #ch. 33:2, 12, 17, 30 to your people, and speak to them and say to them, #ver. 27 ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ #ch. 2:7whether they hear or refuse to hear.”
12 # ch. 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; [ch. 37:1] Then the Spirit#3:12 Or the wind; also verse 14 lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice#3:12 Or sound of #[ch. 1:24]a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the Lord from its place!” 13It was the sound of the wings of #ch. 1:5, 15 the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them, and the sound of #[ch. 1:24]a great earthquake. 14#ch. 8:3; 11:1, 24; 43:5; [ch. 37:1] The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the #See ch. 1:3hand of the Lord being strong upon me. 15#See ch. 1:1 And I came to the exiles at Tel-abib, who were dwelling #See ch. 1:1 by the Chebar canal, and I sat where they were dwelling.#3:15 Or Chebar, and to where they dwelt And #Job 2:13; Ps. 137:1; Lam. 2:10 I sat there #ch. 4:17; Isa. 52:14; Jer. 14:9 overwhelmed among them #[Gen. 50:10; 1 Sam. 31:13]seven days.
A Watchman for Israel
16 # [Jer. 42:7] And at the end of seven days, the word of the Lord came to me: 17#See ch. 2:1 “Son of man, #ch. 33:7; Isa. 52:8; 56:10; Jer. 6:17; [Heb. 13:17] I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall #2 Chr. 19:10; [2 Kgs. 6:10]; See ver. 18-21; ch. 33:4-6give them warning from me. 18#ch. 33:8 If I say to the wicked, #Gen. 2:17 ‘You shall surely die,’ #[See ver. 17 above] 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 #ch. 18:18; Jer. 31:30; [John 8:21, 24] shall die for#3:18 Or in; also verses 19, 20 his iniquity, #ver. 20; ch. 33:6, 8; 34:10; [ch. 18:13; Acts 18:6; 20:26]but his blood I will require at your hand. 19#ch. 33:9 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, #[1 Tim. 4:16] but you #ch. 14:14, 20will have delivered your soul. 20#See ch. 18:24 Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, #Jer. 6:21 and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. #[See ver. 17 above] Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, #See ch. 18:24 and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, #[See ver. 18 above]but his blood I will require at your hand. 21But 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 # See ch. 1:3 And the hand of the Lord was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into #ch. 8:4; 37:1; Gen. 11:2 the valley,#3:22 Or plain; also verse 23 and #[Acts 9:6; 22:10]there I will speak with you.” 23So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, #See ch. 1:28 the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen #See ch. 1:1by the Chebar canal, #See ch. 1:28 and I fell on my face. 24#See ch. 2:2But 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. 25And you, O son of man, behold, #ch. 4:8cords will be placed upon you, and you shall be bound with them, so that you cannot go out among the people. 26And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that #[Isa. 8:16] you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, #[ch. 2:3]for they are a rebellious house. 27#[ch. 24:27; 29:21] But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, #ver. 11 ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ #[Rev. 22:11]He who will hear, let him hear; and he who will refuse to hear, let him refuse, for they are a rebellious house.