NASB — Ezekiel 33 — KJV

The Watchman’s Duty

1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, speak to the asons of your people and say to them, ‘If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land and ablows on the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and adoes not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his bblood will be on his [own] head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have adelivered his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is ataken away Iin his iniquity; but his bblood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’

[2] aEzk 3:11; 33:12, 17, 30; 37:18
[3] aNe 4:18-20; Is 58:1; Ezk 33:9; Ho 8:1; Jol 2:1
[4] a2Ch 25:16; Jr 6:17; Zc 1:4 bEzk 18:13; 33:5, 9; Ac 18:6
[5] aEx 9:19-21; He 11:7
[6] IOr for, and so throughout the ch aEzk 18:20, 24; 33:8, 9 bEzk 3:18, 20

7 ¶ “Now as for you, son of man, I have Iaappointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a IImessage from My mouth and give them bwarning from Me. 8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will asurely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand. 9 But if you on your part warn a wicked man to turn from his way and he adoes not turn from his way, he will die in his iniquity, but you have bdelivered your life.

[7] IOr given IILit word aIs 62:6; Ezk 3:17-21 bJr 1:17; 26:2; Ezk 2:7, 8; Ac 5:20
[8] aIs 3:11; Ezk 18:4, 13, 18, 20; 33:14
[9] aAc 13:40, 41, 46 bEzk 3:19, 21; Ac 20:26

10 ¶ “Now as for you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we are arotting away in them; bhow then can we Isurvive?”’ 11 Say to them, ‘aAs I live!’ declares the Lord IGOD, ‘I take bno pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked cturn from his way and live. dTurn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ 12 And you, son of man, say to Iyour fellow citizens, ‘The arighteousness of a righteous man will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will bnot stumble because of it in the day when he turns from his wickedness; whereas a righteous man will not be able to live IIby his righteousness on the day when he commits sin.’ 13 When I say to the righteous he will surely live, and he [so] trusts in his righteousness that he acommits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds will be remembered; but in that same iniquity of his which he has committed he will die. 14 But when I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and he aturns from his sin and practices bjustice and righteousness, 15 [if a] wicked man restores a pledge, apays back what he has taken by robbery, walks by the bstatutes Iwhich ensure life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 16 aNone of his sins that he has committed will be remembered against him. He has practiced justice and righteousness; he shall surely live.

[10] ILit live aLv 26:39; Ezk 4:17; 24:23 bIs 49:14; Ezk 37:11
[11] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aIs 49:18; Ezk 5:11 bEzk 18:23, 32; Ho 11:8 cJr 31:20; 1Ti 2:4; 2P 3:9 dIs 55:6, 7; Jr 3:22; Ezk 18:30, 31; Ho 14:1; Ac 3:19
[12] ILit the sons of your people IILit by it aEzk 3:18; 18:24; 33:20 b2Ch 7:14; Ezk 18:21; 33:19
[13] aEzk 18:26; He 10:38; 2P 2:20, 21
[14] aIs 55:7; Jr 18:7, 8; Ezk 18:27; 33:8, 19; Ho 14:1, 4 bMi 6:8
[15] ILit of life aEx 22:1-4; Lv 6:4, 5; Lk 19:8 bPs 119:59; 143:8; Ezk 20:11
[16] aIs 1:18; 43:25; Ezk 18:22

17 ¶ “Yet Iyour fellow citizens say, ‘The way of the Lord is not right,’ when it is their own way that is not right. 18 When the righteous turns from his righteousness and acommits iniquity, then he shall die in Iit. 19 But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and practices justice and righteousness, he will live by them. 20 Yet you say, ‘aThe way of the Lord is not right.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

[17] ILit the sons of your people
[18] ILit them aEzk 3:20; 18:24; 33:12, 13
[20] aEzk 18:25

Word of Jerusalem’s Capture

21 ¶ Now ain the btwelfth year of our exile, on the fifth of the tenth month, the Irefugees from Jerusalem came to me, saying, “cThe city has been IItaken.” 22 Now the ahand of the LORD had been upon me in the evening, before the Irefugees came. And He bopened my mouth IIat the time [they] came to me in the morning; so my mouth was copened and I was no longer IIIspeechless.

[21] IOr refugee IILit smitten aEzk 31:1; 32:1, 17 bJr 39:1, 2; 40:1; 52:4-7; Ezk 24:1, 2 c2K 25:10; Jr 39:8
[22] ILit refugee IILit until he came IIIOr mute aEzk 1:3; 8:1; 37:1 bEzk 3:26, 27; 24:27 cLk 1:64

23 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 24 “Son of man, they who alive in these waste places in the land of Israel are saying, ‘bAbraham was [only] one, yet he possessed the land; so to cus who are many the land has been given as a possession.’ 25 Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You eat [meat] with the ablood [in it], lift up your eyes to your idols as you shed blood. bShould you then possess the land? 26 You Iarely on your sword, you commit abominations and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?”’ 27 Thus you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “As I live, surely those who are in the waste places will afall by the sword, and whoever is in the Iopen field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the strongholds and in the bcaves will die of pestilence. 28 I will amake the land a desolation and a waste, and the bpride of her power will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolate so that no one will pass through. 29 Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I make the land a desolation and a waste because of all their abominations which they have committed.”’

[24] aJr 39:10; 40:7; Ezk 33:27 bIs 51:2; Lk 3:8; Ac 7:5; Ro 4:12 cEzk 11:15
[25] aLv 17:10, 12, 14; Dt 12:16, 23; 15:23 bJr 7:9, 10
[26] ILit stand aMi 2:1, 2; Zp 3:3
[27] ILit surface of the field aJr 15:2, 3; 42:22; Ezk 5:12 b1S 13:6; Is 2:19
[28] aEzk 5:14; 6:14; Mi 7:13 bEzk 7:24; 24:21; 30:6

30 ¶ “But as for you, son of man, Iyour fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘aCome now and hear what the IImessage is which comes forth from the LORD.’ 31 They come to you as people come, and sit before you [as] My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires [expressed] by their amouth, [and] their heart goes after their bgain. 32 Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a abeautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them. 33 So when it acomes to passIas surely it will—then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”

[30] ILit the sons of your people IILit word aIs 29:13; 58:2; Ezk 14:3; 20:3, 31
[31] aPs 78:36, 37; Is 29:13; 1 Jn 3:18 bEzk 22:13, 27; Lk 12:15
[32] aMk 6:20
[33] ILit behold, it is coming aJr 28:9; Ezk 33:29


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According to the duty of a watchman, in warning the people,

1 ¶ Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

[2] Lv 26:25; 2S 18:24; 2K 9:17; Is 21:6; 56:9; 62:6; Jr 12:12; 15:2; 25:31; 47:6; 51:12; Ezk 3:11, 27; 6:3; 11:8; 14:17, 21; 21:9; 33:7, 17, 30; Ho 9:8; Zc 13:7.
[3] Ne 4:18, 20; Is 58:1; Jr 4:5; 6:1; 51:27; Ezk 33:8; Ho 8:1; Jol 2:1; Am 3:1; 6:1; 1Co 8:1; 14:1.
[4] Lv 20:9, 11; 2S 1:16; 1K 2:37; 2Ch 25:16; Pv 29:1; Jr 6:17; 42:20; Ezk 18:13; 33:5, 9; Zc 1:2; Ac 18:6; 20:26; Jm 1:22.
[5] Ex 9:19; 2K 6:10; Ps 95:7; Is 51:2; Jn 8:39; Ac 2:37; He 2:1; 11:7.
[6] Gn 9:5; 42:22; 2S 4:11; Pv 14:32; Is 56:10; Ezk 3:18; 18:20, 24; 33:8; 34:10; Jn 8:21.

Ezekiel is admonished of his duty.

7 ¶ So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked [man], thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

[7] 1K 22:14, 16; 2Ch 19:10; So 3:3; 5:7; Is 62:6; Jr 1:17; 6:27; 23:28; 26:2; 31:6; Ezk 2:7; 3:17; Mi 7:4; Ac 5:20; 20:20, 26; 1Co 11:23; 15:3; Ep 4:11; Col 1:28; 1Th 4:1; He 13:17.
[8] Gn 2:17; 3:4; Nu 27:3; Pv 11:21; Ec 8:13; Is 3:11; Jr 8:11, 13; 14:13; Ezk 13:9; 18:4, 10, 18, 20; 33:6, 14; Ac 20:26.
[9] Pv 15:10; 29:1; Ezk 3:19, 21; Lk 12:47; Jn 8:24; Ac 13:40, 46; 18:5; 20:26; 28:23; 2Co 2:15; Ga 5:19; 6:7; Ep 5:3; Php 3:18; 1Th 4:3; 5:14; He 2:3; 12:25.

God sheweth the justice of his ways towards the penitent, and towards revolters.

10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins [be] upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? 11 Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his [righteousness] in the day that he sinneth. 13 When I shall say to the righteous, [that] he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. 14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; 15 [If] the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. 16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

[10] Lv 26:39; Ps 130:7; Is 49:14; 51:20; Jr 2:25; Ezk 24:23; 37:11.
[11] Nu 14:21, 28; 2S 14:14; Pv 1:23; 8:36; Is 49:18; 55:6; Jr 3:22; 22:24; 31:18; 46:18; Lm 3:33; Ezk 5:11; 14:6, 16; 16:48; 18:23, 30, 32; Dn 9:13; Ho 11:8; 14:1; Zp 2:9; Lk 15:20; Ac 3:19; 26:20; Ro 14:11; 1Ti 2:4; 2P 3:9.
[12] 1K 8:48; 2Ch 7:14; Ezk 3:20; 18:21, 24, 27; 33:2, 18, 19; Mt 21:28; Ro 3:25; 1Jn 2:1.
[13] Ezk 3:20; 18:4, 24; Lk 18:9; Ro 10:3; Php 3:9; He 10:38; 2P 2:20; 1Jn 2:19.
[14] Pv 28:13; Is 3:11; 55:7; Jr 4:1; 18:7; Ezk 3:18; 18:21, 27; 33:8; Ho 14:1; Mi 6:8; Mt 9:13; Lk 13:3; Ac 3:19.
[15] Ex 22:1, 26; Lv 6:2; 18:5; Nu 5:6; Dt 24:6, 10, 17; Jb 22:6; 24:3, 9; Ps 119:93; Ezk 18:7, 12, 16, 27; 20:11, 13, 21; Am 2:8; Lk 1:6; 19:8; Rv 22:12.
[16] Is 1:18; 43:25; 44:22; Ezk 18:22; Mi 7:18; Ro 5:16, 21; 1Jn 2:1.

He maintaineth his justice.

17 ¶ Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. 18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. 19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

[17] Jb 35:2; 40:8; Ezk 18:25, 29; 33:20; Mt 25:24; Lk 19:21.
[18] Ezk 18:26; 33:12; He 10:38; 2P 2:20.
[19] Ezk 18:27; 33:14.

20 ¶ Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

[20] Ps 62:12; Pv 19:3; Ec 12:14; Ezk 18:25, 29, 30; 33:17; Mt 16:27; Jn 5:29; 2Co 5:10; Rv 20:12; 22:12.

Upon the news of the taking of Jerusalem he prophesieth the desolations of the land.

21 ¶ And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [that] one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. 22 Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb. 23 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we [are] many; the land is given us for inheritance. 25 Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land? 26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land? 27 Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; [As] I live, surely they that [are] in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that [is] in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that [be] in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence. 28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through. 29 Then shall they know that I [am] the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.

[21] 2K 24:4; 2Ch 36:17; Jr 39:2; 52:4; Ezk 1:2; 24:26.
[22] Ezk 1:3; 3:22, 26; 24:26; 37:1; 40:1.
[24] Is 51:2; Jr 39:10; 40:7; Ezk 5:3; 33:27; 34:2; 36:4; Mi 3:11; Mt 3:9; Lk 3:8; Jn 8:33, 39; Ac 7:5; Ro 4:12; 9:7; 1Th 5:3.
[25] Gn 9:4; Lv 3:17; 7:26; 17:10; 19:26; Dt 4:19; 12:16; 1S 14:32; Ps 24:4; Jr 7:9; 44:15; Ezk 9:9; 18:6, 12, 15; 22:6, 9, 27; Ac 15:20, 29; 21:25.
[26] Gn 27:40; Lv 18:25, 26, 28; 20:13, 22; Dt 4:25; 29:18; Jsh 23:15; 1S 2:30; 1K 11:5; Ps 50:16; 94:20; Jr 5:8; Ezk 18:6, 11, 12, 15; 22:9; Mi 2:1; Zp 3:3; 1P 4:3; Rv 21:8, 27.
[27] Jg 6:2; 1S 13:6; 22:1; 23:14; 24:3; Jr 15:2; 41:9; 42:22; 44:12; Ezk 5:12; 6:11; 33:24; 39:4.
[28] 2Ch 36:21; Is 6:11; Jr 9:11; 16:16; 25:11; 44:2, 6, 22; Ezk 6:2, 14; 7:24; 12:20; 15:8; 24:21; 30:6; 36:4, 34; Mi 7:13; Zc 7:13.
[29] Ex 14:18; 2K 17:9; 2Ch 36:14; Ps 9:16; 83:17; Jr 5:1, 25; Ezk 6:7, 11; 7:27; 8:6; 22:2, 25; 23:49; 25:11; 36:17; Mi 6:9; Zp 3:1.

God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets.

30 ¶ Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. 31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee [as] my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, [but] their heart goeth after their covetousness. 32 And, lo, thou [art] unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. 33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

[30] Is 29:13; 58:2; Jr 11:18; 18:18; 23:35; 42:1, 20; Mt 15:8; 22:16.
[31] Dt 5:28; Ps 78:36; Is 28:13; 29:13; Jr 6:16; 23:33; 43:1; 44:16; Ezk 8:1; 14:1; 20:1; Mt 6:24; 7:24; 13:22; 19:22; Lk 6:48; 8:21; 10:39; 11:28; 12:15; 16:14; Ac 10:33; Ep 5:5; 1Ti 6:9; Jm 1:22; 2:14; 1Jn 3:17.
[32] Mk 4:16; 6:20; Jn 5:35.
[33] 1S 3:19; 2K 5:8; Jr 28:9; Ezk 2:5; Lk 10:11.


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