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Ezekiel 3 - NIV

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”

2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.

3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them.

5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel—

6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you.

7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate.

8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.

9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.”

10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you.

11 Go now to your people in exile and speak to them. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says,’ whether they listen or fail to listen.”

12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound as the glory of the Lord rose from the place where it was standing.[a]

13 It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, a loud rumbling sound.

14 The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the Lord on me.

15 I came to the exiles who lived at Tel Aviv near the Kebar River. And there, where they were living, I sat among them for seven days—deeply distressed.

Ezekiel’s Task as Watchman

16 At the end of seven days the word of the Lord came to me:

17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for[b] their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.

19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.

20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.

21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”

22 The hand of the Lord was on me there, and he said to me, “Get up and go out to the plain, and there I will speak to you.”

23 So I got up and went out to the plain. And the glory of the Lord was standing there, like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown.

24 Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house.

25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people.

26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people.

27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.


Footnotes

a. Ezekiel 3:12 Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text sound—may the glory of the Lord be praised from his place
b. Ezekiel 3:18 Or in; also in verses 19 and 20


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Shared by: John McCormack on Sep, 2014
Summary: GOD APPOINTED EZEKIEL A WATCHMAN TO THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:17
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Shared by: Jason Smith on Oct, 2013
Summary: An examination of the people that Ezekiel had to preach to, and God's reaction.
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Shared by: Jason Smith on Oct, 2013
Summary: What is expected of God's Messengers? Faithfulness in life and doctrine.
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:4-11
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Shared by: Ajai Prakash on Jul, 2013
Summary: God gives His people a watchman to protect their life. Brothers and sisters, in the weeks, months, and years that lie ahead, let us both, you and I, listen to the Word of God. And let us take heed to these warnings. So there will be life - eternal life.
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Views: 1,302
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Shared by: David Wilson on Feb, 2011
Summary: God emphasizes that Ezekiel is responsible for procaliming the message--not for the response others would have towards it!
Series: Ezkiel
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:1-27
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,042
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"Why I Believe Eternal Security is False"
Shared by: Andy Grossman on Feb, 2010
Summary: My personal experience of what I believe the doctrine of eternal security is false.
based on 12 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:20
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 2,176
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Shared by: James May on Feb, 2010
Summary: Where has God placed you? Has he equipped you for service? Sometimes the hardest place to work is in God's chosen place.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 2:1-3:11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,800
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jan, 2010
Summary: A study of chapter 3 verses 1 through 4
Series: Ezekiel
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:1-4
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,090
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What’s for dinner? Part 2
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jan, 2010
Summary: A study of Ezekiel chapter 3 verses 5 through 15
Series: Ezekiel
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:5-15
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,046
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What’s for dinner? Part 3
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jan, 2010
Summary: A study of Ezekiel chapter 3 verses 16 through 27
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Nov, 2009
Summary: We rebel against God when we refuse to learn anything new, when we resist His love, and when we refrain from telling others about Christ.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 2:1-3:11
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Views: 3,080
Joe Rowland avatar
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Shared by: Joe Rowland on Jul, 2009
Summary: We live in a day where God is doing great and miraculous things. He is taking us places, as believers, that we might have thought we would never go. Just like Ezekiel the Holy Spirit is taking us up.
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:12-15
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Views: 1,230
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Without Regret
Shared by: Jerry Flury on Mar, 2009
Summary: In Ezekiel 3, three facts stand out- Responsibility, Accountability, and Regretability.
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
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Views: 2,551
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Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Jan, 2009
Summary: We must fight the good fight. We must finish the race. Remember you are the Salt of the Earth, the Light of the World. What you do no matter how small it may seem does make a difference. Beloved, Please Remember the Frogs.
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Shared by: Wes Richard on Sep, 2008
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-19
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Views: 1,548
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Shared by: Wes Richard on Sep, 2008
Summary: The unique literary structure of Ezekiel’s vision points to the importance of ingesting God’s word in obedience to His call
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 2:8-3:4
Denomination: Brethren
Views: 7,776
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Shared by: Betty Johnson on Sep, 2008
Summary: This is a sermon preached the week of Vacation Bible School that had the theme "Hooked on Jesus."
Denomination: Wesleyan
Views: 2,307
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Warning to Isreal
Shared by: Shawn Malloy on Jan, 2008
Summary: Watchman for the house of Isreal.
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 739
Robert Bravo avatar
The responcibility of evangilism
Shared by: Robert Bravo on Jul, 2007
Summary: We are our brother’s keeper and we are responsible for warning the world of sin. If not we will also be responsible for their deaths
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 2,832
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Shared by: Robert Bravo on Jun, 2007
Summary: We are all our brothers keeper. We should not only warn the lost but also our brothers and sisters in christ when we see them failing.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,019
Michael Hoke avatar
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Shared by: Michael Hoke on Jan, 2007
Summary: The call of Ezekiel taken from the idea that God is a coach asking us to complete His total game plan. (Used on Superbowl Sunday.)
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 2:1-3:11
Views: 1,511
David Rogers avatar
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Shared by: David Rogers on Nov, 2006
Summary: A sermon examining what happened to the nation of Isreal every time they walked away from God and answering the question will the same fate befall America because she is walking away from Him also.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:4-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 656
Brian Phillips avatar
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Shared by: Brian Phillips on Mar, 2006
Summary: God calls Ezekiel and He calls us to stand as a watchman and sound the alarm against sin and for righteousness.
based on 54 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:15-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 12,524
Michael Luke avatar
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Shared by: Michael Luke on Sep, 2005
Summary: God’s call to be a watchman on the wall is extended to all who claim Jesus Christ.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:16-21
Views: 2,376
George Crumbly avatar
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Shared by: George Crumbly on Sep, 2005
Summary: To encourage the church to be the watchmen God has called us to be
based on 27 ratings
Scripture: Ezekiel 3:17-21
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 2,299
Anthony Smith avatar
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Shared by: Anthony Smith on Mar, 2005
Summary: When is life over, when is it time to say enough, when is it time to give a life over to Gods will? The question many are refusing to address; ”Is the body of Terri Schiavo a “soul-animated” Body, otherwise is her body without the Spirit?
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Views: 458
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Shared by: Wesley Bishop on Jul, 2004
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Shared by: Melvin Shelton on Dec, 2003
Summary: No more of a favor can be done to us than to see the glory of the Lord and be changed by the spirit of the Lord.
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Scripture: Ezekiel 3:22-27
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Views: 709
Bruce Allen avatar
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Shared by: Bruce Allen on Sep, 2003
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Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Oct, 2000
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