NASB — Ezekiel 3 — KJV

Ezekiel’s Commission

1 Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; aeat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I aopened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and afill your Ibody with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I bate it, and it was sweet as choney in my mouth.

[1] aEzk 2:9
[2] aJr 25:17
[3] ILit inward parts aJr 6:11; 20:9 bJr 15:16 cPs 19:10; 119:103; Rv 10:9, 10

4 ¶ Then He said to me, “Son of man, Igo to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. 5 For ayou are not being sent to a people of Ibunintelligible speech or difficult language, [but] to the house of Israel, 6 nor to many peoples of Iunintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. IIBut I have sent you to them IIIwho should listen to you; 7 yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are anot willing to listen to Me. Surely the whole house of Israel is Istubborn and obstinate. 8 Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. 9 Like Iemery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.” 10 Moreover, He said to me, “Son of man, take into your heart all My awords which I will speak to you and listen Iclosely. 11 IGo to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or IInot, ‘Thus says the Lord IIIGOD.’”

[4] ILit go, come
[5] ILit deepness of lip and heaviness of tongue aJna 1:2; Ac 14:11; 26:17 bIs 28:11; 33:19
[6] ILit deepness of lip and heaviness of tongue IIOr If I had sent you to them, they would listen to you IIILit they
[7] ILit of a hard forehead and a stiff heart a1S 8:7
[9] ILit corundum
[10] ILit with your ears aJb 22:22; Ezk 2:8; 3:1-3
[11] ILit Go, come IILit forbear IIIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD

12 ¶ Then the aSpirit lifted me up, and I heard a great brumbling sound behind me, “Blessed be the glory of the LORD Iin His place.” 13 And I [heard] the sound of the wings of the living beings touching one another and the sound of the awheels beside them, even a great rumbling sound. 14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and athe hand of the LORD was strong on me. 15 Then I came to the exiles who lived beside the river Chebar at Tel-abib, and I sat there aseven days where they were living, causing consternation among them.

[12] IOr from aEzk 3:14; 8:3; Ac 8:39 bAc 2:2
[13] aEzk 1:15; 10:16, 17
[14] a2K 3:15
[15] aJb 2:13

16aAt the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have appointed you a awatchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, bwarn them from Me. 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his ablood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet if you have awarned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have bdelivered yourself. 20 Again, awhen a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I place an bobstacle before him, he will die; since you have not warned him, he shall die in his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 However, if you have awarned Ithe righteous man that the righteous should not sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; and you have delivered yourself.”

[16] aJr 42:7
[17] aIs 52:8; 56:10; 62:6; Jr 6:17; Ezk 33:7-9 b2Ch 19:10; Is 58:1; Hab 2:1
[18] aEzk 3:20; 33:6, 8
[19] a2K 17:13, 14; Ezk 33:3, 9 bEzk 14:14, 20; Ac 18:6; 1Ti 4:16
[20] aPs 125:5; Ezk 18:24; 33:18; Zp 1:6 bIs 8:14; Jr 6:21; Ezk 14:3, 7-9
[21] ILit him, the righteous aAc 20:31

22 ¶ The hand of the LORD was on me there, and He said to me, “Get up, go out to the plain, and there I will aspeak to you.” 23 So I got up and went out to the plain; and behold, the aglory of the LORD was standing there, like the glory which bI saw by the river Chebar, and I fell on my face. 24 The aSpirit then entered me and made me stand on my feet, and He spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself up in your house. 25 As for you, son of man, they will aput ropes on you and bind you with them so that you cannot go out among them. 26 Moreover, aI will make your tongue stick to Ithe roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house. 27 But awhen I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you will say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord IGOD.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; bfor they are a rebellious house.

[22] aAc 9:6
[23] aEzk 1:28; Ac 7:55 bEzk 1:1
[24] aEzk 2:2
[25] aEzk 4:8
[26] ILit your palate aLk 1:20, 22
[27] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aEzk 24:27; 33:22 bEzk 12:2, 3


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Ezekiel eateth the roll.

1 ¶ Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat [it]; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.

[1] Jr 24:1; Ezk 2:3, 8; 3:10, 11, 15, 17; 1Ti 4:15; Rv 10:9.
[2] Jr 25:17; Ac 26:19.
[3] Jb 23:12; 32:18; Ps 19:10; 119:11, 97, 103; Pv 2:10; Jr 6:11; 15:16; 20:9; Ezk 2:10; Jn 6:53; 7:38; Col 3:16; Rv 10:9.

God encourageth him.

4 ¶ And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 5 For thou [art] not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, [but] to the house of Israel; 6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel [are] impudent and hardhearted. 8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house. 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, [saying], Blessed [be] the glory of the LORD from his place. 13 [I heard] also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

[4] Ezk 2:3, 7; 3:11; Mt 10:5; 15:24; Ac 1:8.
[5] Ps 81:5; Is 33:19; Ezk 3:6; Jna 1:2; 3:2; Ac 26:17.
[6] Jna 3:5; Mt 11:20; 12:41; Lk 11:30; Ac 27:28; Ro 9:30.
[7] 1S 8:7; Is 3:9; Jr 3:3; 5:3; 25:3; 44:4, 16; Ezk 2:4; 24:7; Lk 10:16; 13:34; 19:14; Jn 5:40; 15:20.
[8] Ex 4:15; 11:4; 1K 21:20; Is 50:7; Jr 1:18; 15:20; Mi 3:8; Ac 7:51; He 11:27, 32.
[9] Is 41:10, 14; 50:7; Jr 1:8, 17; 17:18; Ezk 2:6; Mi 3:8; Zc 7:12; 1Ti 2:3; 2Ti 2:6.
[10] Jb 22:22; Ps 119:11; Pv 8:10; 19:20; Ezk 2:8; 3:1; Lk 8:15; 1Th 2:13; 4:1.
[11] Ex 32:7; Dt 9:12; Ezk 2:5, 7; 3:15, 27; 11:24; 33:2, 12, 17, 30; 37:18; Dn 6:13; 12:1; Ac 20:26.
[12] Ex 40:34; 1S 4:21; 1K 18:12; 2K 2:16; Ps 72:18; 103:20; 148:2; Is 6:3; Ezk 2:2; 3:14; 8:3; 9:3; 10:4, 18; 11:1, 22, 24; 40:1; Ac 2:2; 8:39; Rv 1:10, 15; 5:11; 19:6.
[13] 2S 5:24; Ezk 1:24; 10:5, 16.
[14] Nu 11:11; 1K 18:46; 2K 2:16; 3:15; Jr 6:11; 20:7, 14; Ezk 1:3; 3:12; 8:1, 3; 37:1; Jn 4:1, 3, 9.

God sheweth him the rule of prophecy.

15 ¶ Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

[15] Gn 50:10; Jb 2:13; Ps 137:1; Jr 23:9; Ezk 1:1; 3:23; 10:15; 43:3; Hab 3:16.
[17] 2Ch 19:10; So 3:3; 5:7; Is 21:6, 8, 11; 52:8; 56:10; 58:1; 62:6; Jr 6:10, 17; 31:6; Ezk 33:2, 6; Hab 2:1; Mt 3:7; Ac 20:28; 1Co 4:14; 12:28; 2Co 5:11, 20; Col 1:28; 1Th 5:14; He 13:17.
[18] Gn 2:17; 3:3; 9:5; 42:22; Nu 26:65; 2S 4:11; 2K 1:4; Pv 14:32; Is 3:11; Ezk 18:4, 13, 20, 30; 33:6, 8, 9; 34:10; Lk 11:50; 13:3, 5; Jn 8:21, 24; Ac 2:40; 3:19; 20:26; Ep 5:5; 1Ti 4:16; 5:22; Jm 5:19.
[19] 2K 17:13; 2Ch 36:15; Pv 29:1; Is 49:4; Jr 42:19; 44:4; Ezk 3:18, 21; 14:14, 20; 33:5, 9; Lk 10:10; Ac 13:45; 18:5; 20:26; 2Co 2:15; 1Th 4:6; 2Th 1:8; He 2:1; 10:26; 12:25.
[20] Lv 19:17; Dt 13:3; 2S 12:7; 2Ch 19:2; 24:2, 17; 25:15; Ps 36:3; 119:165; 125:5; Pv 25:12; Is 8:14; 64:6; Jr 6:21; Ezk 3:18; 7:19; 14:3, 7; 18:24, 26; 33:6, 12; Dn 9:18; Zp 1:6; Mt 12:43; 13:20; 18:15; Lk 2:34; 8:15; Ro 2:7; 9:32; 11:9; 1Co 1:23; 2Th 2:9; He 10:38; 13:17; 1P 2:8; 2P 2:18, 21; 1Jn 2:19.
[21] Ps 19:11; Pv 9:9; 17:10; Ezk 3:19, 20; Mt 24:24; Ac 20:31; 1Co 4:14; 10:12; Ga 1:6; 2:11; 5:2; Ep 4:17; 5:5; Col 1:28; 3:5; 1Th 4:6; 5:14; 1Ti 4:16; Tit 2:15; Jm 5:20; 1Jn 3:6; Rv 3:19.

God shutteth and openeth the prophet's mouth.

22 ¶ And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. 23 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 of Chebar: and I fell on my face. 24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: 26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they [are] a rebellious house. 27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they [are] a rebellious house.

[22] Ezk 1:3; 3:14; 8:4; 37:1; Ac 9:6.
[23] Nu 16:19, 42; Ezk 1:1, 4, 28; 9:3; 10:18; Dn 8:17; 10:8; Ac 7:55; Rv 1:17; 4:10; 5:8, 14.
[24] Ezk 2:2; 4:1; 37:10; Dn 10:8, 19.
[25] Ezk 4:8; Mk 3:21; Jn 21:18; Ac 9:16; 20:23; 21:11.
[26] Ps 36:11; 51:15; 137:6; Is 1:2; Jr 1:17; Lm 2:9; Ezk 2:3; 24:27; Ho 4:17; Am 5:10; 8:11; Mi 3:6; Lk 1:20.
[27] Ex 4:11; Ezk 2:5; 3:9, 11, 26; 11:25; 12:2; 24:27; 29:21; 33:32; Mt 11:15; 13:9; Lk 21:15; Ep 6:19; Rv 22:10.


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