:B:1 He said to me, Son of man, eat what is given to you. Eat this scroll and then go
4 He said, Son of man, go to the Is raelites
7 But the Israelites will not listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me
10 He said to me, Son of man, listen and take to heart all I say to you, 11 and then go to the exiles, your fellow coun try men, speak to them and tell them: This is what Yahweh says, whether they listen or not.
12 Then the spirit lifted me up
14 The spirit had lifted me up, and carried me off but I went in a bitter and feverish spirit because the hand of Yah weh was heavy upon me. 15 I came to Tel Abib to the exiles living by the river Chebar and I stayed there seven days with them, overwhelmed.
I have made you a watchman
:B:16 After seven days the word of Yahweh came to me, 17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the House of Israel. With the word you hear from my mouth you will warn them in my name. 18 When I say to the wicked, You will surely die, if you do not speak to warn the wicked man to give up his evil ways and so live, he shall die for his sin, and I will hold you responsible for his death. 19 But if you have warned the wicked man and he has not given up his wickedness and evil ways, he shall die for his sin but you will save yourself. 20 When the righ t eous man turns from what is good to do evil I shall put an ob stacle in his path: he shall die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. His good deeds will not be remembered and I shall hold you responsible for his death. 21 But when you have warned the righteous man to keep him from sinning and he has not sinned, he will live for sure for he was warned and you will save your life.
Ezekiel becomes mute
:B:22 The hand of Yahweh was upon me and he said to me,Get up! Go to the valley and there I shall speak to you.
23 I got up and went towards the valley and there was the Glory of Yahweh that I had seen by the Chebar river. I fell on my face. 24 Then the spirit came to me and kept me stand ing