Ezekiel eateth the roll.
Ezekiel 3:1 Moreouer he said vnto me, Sonne of man, eate that thou findest: eate this roule, and goe, speake vnto the house of Israel. Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and hee caused me to eate that roule. Ezekiel 3:3 And he said vuto mee; Sonne of man, cause thy belly to eate, and fill thy bowels with this roule that I giue thee. Then did I eate [it], and it was in my mouth as honie for sweetnesse.
God encourageth him.
Ezekiel 3:4 And he said vnto me, Sonne of man, goe, get thee vnto the house of Israel, and speake with my words vnto them. Ezekiel 3:5 For thou [art] not sent to a people of a strange speech, and of an hard language, [but] to the house of Israel. Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not vnderstand: surely had I sent thee to them, they would haue hearkened vnto thee: Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken vnto thee; for they will not hearken vnto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard hearted. Ezekiel 3:8 Behold, I haue made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. Ezekiel 3:9 As an adamant harder then flint haue I made thy forehead: feare them not, neither be dismayed at their lookes, though they [be] a rebellious house. Ezekiel 3:10 Moreouer he said vnto me, Sonne of man, all my words that I shall speake vnto thee, receiue in thine heart, and heare with thine eares. Ezekiel 3:11 And goe, get thee to them of the captiuity, vnto thy people, and speake vnto them and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GOD, whether they will heare, or whether they will forbeare. Ezekiel 3:12 Then the spirit tooke me vp, and I heard behind me a voyce of a great rushing, [saying] Blessed [be] the glory of the LORD from his place. Ezekiel 3:13 [I heard] also the noise of the wings of the liuing creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheeles ouer against them, and a noise of a great rushing. Ezekiel 3:14 So the spirit lifted me vp, and tooke me away, and I went in bitternesse, in the heate of my spirit, but the hand of the LORD was strong vpon mee.
God sheweth him the rule of prophecy.
Ezekiel 3:15 Then I came to them of the captiuity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the riuer of Chebar, and I sate where they sate, and remained there astonished among them seuen daies. Ezekiel 3:16 And it came to passe at the end of seuen dayes, that the word of the LORD came vnto me, saying; Ezekiel 3:17 Sonne of man, I haue made thee a watchman vnto the house of Israel: therefore heare the word at my mouth, & giue them warning from me. Ezekiel 3:18 When I say vnto the wicked; Thou shalt surely die, and thou giuest him not warning, nor speakest to warne the wicked from his wicked way to saue his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquitie: but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel 3:19 Yet if thou warne the wicked, and he turne not from his wickednesse, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast deliuered thy soule. Ezekiel 3:20 Againe, when a righteous man doth turne from his righteousnesse and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling blocke before him, he shall die: because thou hast not giuen him warning, he shall die in his sinne, and his righteousnesse which he hath done shal not be remembred: but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel 3:21 Neuerthelesse if thou warne the righteous man, that the righteous sinne not, and he doth not sinne; he shall surely liue, because he is warned: also thou hast deliuered thy soule.
God shutteth and openeth the prophet's mouth.
Ezekiel 3:22 And the hand of the LORD was there vpon me, and he said vnto me; Arise, goe forth into the plaine, and I will there talke with thee. Ezekiel 3:23 Then I arose and went forth into the plaine, and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there as the glory which I saw by the riuer of Chebar, and I fell on my face. Ezekiel 3:24 Then the spirit entred into me, and set me vpon my feet, and spake with me, and said vnto me, Goe shut thy selfe within thine house. Ezekiel 3:25 But thou, O sonne of man, behold, they shall put bands vpon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not goe out among them. Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make thy tongue cleaue to the roofe of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumme and shalt not be to them a reprouer: for they [are] a rebellious house. Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speake with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say vnto them; Thus saith the Lord GOD, He that heareth, let him heare, and he that forbeareth, let him forbeare: for they [are] a rebellious house.