1 Ezekiel as Israel's watchman
1 Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak to ch. 3:11the children of thy people, and say unto them, ch. 14:17[a]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 ver. 7;2 Sam. 18:24,25;2 Ki. 9:17;Hos. 9:8watchman:
3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;
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, ver. 8he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.
7 ch. 3:17So 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.
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 ch. 24:23pine away in them, Is. 49:14how should we then live?
11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, 2 Sam. 14:14;2 Pet. 3:9I 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 ch. 18:31why will ye die, O house of Israel?
12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The ch. 3:20;& 18:24,26righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, 2 Chr. 7:14he 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; ch. 3:20;& 18:24if 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.
15 If the wicked ch. 18:7restore the pledge, Ex. 22:1,4;Lev. 6:2,4,5give again that he had robbed, walk in Lev. 18:5;ch. 20:11,13,21the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.
16 ch. 18:22None 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.
17 ver. 20;ch. 18:25,29Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.
18 ch. 18:26When 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.
20 Yet ye say, ver. 17;ch. 18:25The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.
21 Jerusalem's fall
21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year ch. 1:2of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, ch. 24:26that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, 2 Ki. 25:4The city is smitten.
22 Now ch. 1:3the 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; ch. 24:27and 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, ch. 34:2they that inhabit those ver. 27;ch. 36:4wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Is. 51:2;Acts 7:5Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: Mic. 3:11;Mat. 3:9;John 8:39but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.
25 Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Gen. 9:4;Lev. 3:17;& 7:26;& 17:10;& 19:26;Deut. 12:16Ye eat with the blood, and ch. 18:6lift up your eyes toward your idols, and ch. 22:6,9shed blood: and shall ye possess the land?
26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye ch. 18:6;& 22:11defile 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 ver. 24they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field ch. 39:4will I give to the beasts [d]to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and Judg. 6:2;1 Sam. 13:6in the caves shall die of the pestilence.
28 Jer. 44:2,6,22;ch. 36:34,35For I will lay the land [e]most desolate, and the ch. 7:24;& 24:21;& 30:6,7pomp of her strength shall cease; and ch. 6:2,3,6the 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.
30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking [f]against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and Is. 29:13speak 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 ch. 14:1;& 20:1they come unto thee [g]as the people cometh, and [h]they ch. 8:1sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: Ps. 78:36,37;Is. 29:13for with their mouth [i]they shew much love, but Mat. 13:22their heart goeth after their covetousness.
33 1 Sam. 3:20And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come) then ch. 2:5shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.
34 Israel's shepherds
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