Ezekiel's Call

Ezekiel 2

1 And He said to me, "Son of man, a stand on your feet, and I will speak to you." 2 Then b the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me. 3 And He said to me: "Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has c rebelled against Me; d they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4 e "For they are 1 impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' 5 f "As for them, whether they hear or whether they refuse - for they are a g rebellious house - yet they h will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 "And you, son of man, i do not be afraid of them nor be afraid of their words, though j briers and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions; k do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their looks, l though they are a rebellious house. 7 m "You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious.

8 "But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and n eat what I give you." 9 Now when I looked, there was o a hand stretched out to me; and behold, p a scroll of a book was in it. 10 Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

Ezekiel 3

1 Moreover He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; a eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. 3 And He said to me, "Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you." So I b ate, and it was in my mouth c like honey in sweetness.

4 Then He said to me: "Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. 5 "For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, 6 "not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, d had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 "But the house of Israel will not listen to you, e because they will not listen to Me; f for all the house of Israel are 2 impudent and hard-hearted. 8 "Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 g "Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; h do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house." 10 Moreover He said to me: "Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. 11 "And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, i 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse."

12 Then j the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: "Blessed is the k glory of the LORD from His place!" 13 I also heard the l noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, and a great thunderous noise. 14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the 3 heat of my spirit; but m the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and n I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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