Bible: Ezekiel 3:3-15

3:3 He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving to you.” So I ate it, 1  and it was sweet like honey in my mouth.

3:4 He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak my words to them. 3:5 For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech 2  and difficult language, 3  but 4  to the house of Israel 3:6 not to many peoples of unintelligible speech and difficult language, whose words you cannot understand 5 surely if 6  I had sent you to them, they would listen to you! 3:7 But the house of Israel is unwilling to listen to you, 7  because they are not willing to listen to me, 8  for the whole house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted. 9 

3:8I have made your face adamant 10  to match their faces, and your forehead hard to match their foreheads. 3:9 I have made your forehead harder than flint – like diamond! 11  Do not fear them or be terrified of the looks they give you, 12  for they are a rebellious house.”

3:10 And he said to me, “Son of man, take all my words that I speak to you to heart and listen carefully. 3:11 Go to the exiles, to your fellow countrymen, 13  and speak to them – say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says,’ whether they pay attention or not.”

Ezekiel Before the Exiles

3:12 Then a wind lifted me up 14  and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me as the glory of the Lord rose from its place, 15  3:13 and the sound of the living beings’ wings brushing against each other, and the sound of the wheels alongside them, a great rumbling sound. 3:14 A wind lifted me up and carried me away. I went bitterly, 16  my spirit full of fury, and the hand of the Lord rested powerfully 17  on me. 3:15 I came to the exiles at Tel Abib, 18  who lived by the Kebar River. 19  I sat dumbfounded among them there, where they were living, for seven days. 20 

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