The Responsibility of the Prophet
Ezekiel 3:1 Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.”
Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll.
To eat the scroll means to ingest its meaning.
Ezekiel 3:3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.
Ezekiel 3:4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.
Ezekiel 3:5 For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel,
Ezekiel 3:6 not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you.
Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent (Lit. strong of forehead) and hard-hearted.
Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads.
Ezekiel 3:9 Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house.”
Ezekiel 3:10 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.
Ezekiel 3:11 And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ whether they hear, or whether they refuse.”
Ezekiel 3:12 Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a great thunderous voice: “Blessed is the glory of the Lord from His place!”
Ezekiel 3:13 I also heard the 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.
Ezekiel 3:14 So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat (Or anger) of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me.
Ezekiel 3:15 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib, who dwelt by the River Chebar; and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
Ezekiel Is a Watchman