Ezekiel eateth the roll.
Ezekiel 3:1 After thys, sayde he vnto me: Thou sonne of man, eate that, whatsoeuer it be: yee eate that booke, and go thy waye, and speake vnto the chyldren of Israel: Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he gaue me the booke for to eate, Ezekiel 3:3 and sayde vnto me. Thou sonne of man, thy bely shall eate, and thy bowels shalbe fylled with þe booke, that I geue the. Then dyd I eate the boke, and it was in my mouth sweter then hony.
God encourageth him.
Ezekiel 3:4 And he sayde vnto me: thou sonne of man, get þe soone vnto the house of Israel, and shewe them the wordes, that I commaunde the Ezekiel 3:5 for I sende the not to the people that hath a straunge, vnknowne, or hard speache, but vnto the house of Israel. Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many nacyons, which haue dyuerse speaches and harde languages, whose wordes thou vnderstandest not Neuerthelesse, yf I sent the to those people, they wolde folowe the. Ezekiel 3:7 But the house of Israel wyll not folowe þe, for they wyll not folowe me: yee, all the house of Israel haue stiffe forheades & harde hertes. Ezekiel 3:8 Beholde therfore, I will make thy face preuayle agaynst their faces, and harden thy foreheade agaynst their foreheades: Ezekiel 3:9 so that thy foreheade shalbe harder then an Adamant or flynt stone: that thou mayest feare them the lesse, and be lesse afrayed of them, for they are a frowarde housholde. Ezekiel 3:10 He sayde moreouer vnto me: thou sonne of man, take diligent hede with thyne eares, to the wordes that I speake vnto the fasten them in thyne herte: Ezekiel 3:11 and go to the presoners of thy people, speake vnto them, and saye on thys maner: Thus the Lorde God hath spoken: whether ye heare, or heare not. Ezekiel 3:12 With that the sprete toke me vp. And I hearde the noyse of a greate russhynge and remouynge of the most blessed glory of the Lorde out of hys place. Ezekiel 3:13 I hearde also the noyse of the wynges of the beastes, that russhed one agaynst another, yee, and the ratlyng of the wheles, that were by them, whych rushynge and noyse was very greate. Ezekiel 3:14 Nowe when the sprete toke me vp, and caryed me awaye, I wente wyth an heuy & a sorowfull mynde, but the hande of the Lorde comforted me ryght soone.
God sheweth him the rule of prophecy.
Ezekiel 3:15 And so in the begynnynge of the moneth Abib. I came to the presoners, that dwelt by the water of Cobar, & remayned in þt place, where they were: And so contynued I amonge them seuen dayes, beynge very sory. Ezekiel 3:16 And when the seuen dayes were expired, the Lorde sayde vnto me: Ezekiel 3:17 Thou sonne of man, I haue made the a watchman vnto the house of Israell: therfore take good hede to the wordes of my mouthe, & geue them warnynge at my commaundement. Ezekiel 3:18 If I saye vnto the, concernynge the vngodly man, that (wythout doute) he must dye, and thou geuest hym not warnynge, ner speakest vnto hym, that he may turne from hys euell waye, and so to lyue: Then shall þe same vngodly man dye in his awne vnryghteousnes: but hys bloude wyll I requyre of thyne hand. Ezekiel 3:19 Neuertheles, yf thou geue warnynge vnto the wycked, and he yet forsake not his vngodlynesse: then shall he dye in his awne wyckednesse, but thou hast discharged thy soule. Ezekiel 3:20 Nowe yf a ryghteous man go from his ryghteousnesse, and do the thynge þt is euell: I will laye a stomblynge blocke before him, and he shall dye because thou hast not geuen hym warnyng: yee, dye shall he in hys awne synne, so that the vertue, whych he dyd before, shall not be thought vpon: but his bloude wyll I requyre of thyne hande. Ezekiel 3:21 Neuerthelesse, yf thou exhortest the ryghteous, that he synne not, & so the ryghteous do not synne: then shall he lyue, because he hath receaued thy warnynge, and thou hast discharged thy soule.
God shutteth and openeth the prophet's mouth.
Ezekiel 3:22 And there came þe hande of the Lorde vpon me, and he sayd vnto me: Stande vp, and go into the felde, that I may there talke wyth the. Ezekiel 3:23 So when I had rysen vp, and gone forth into the felde: Beholde, the glory of the Lord stode there, lyke as I sawe it afore, by the water of Cobar. Then fell I downe vpon my face, Ezekiel 3:24 & the sprete came in to me, whych set me vp vpon my fete, & sayd thus vnto me: Go thy waye, and sparre thy self in thyne house. Ezekiel 3:25 Beholde, (O thou sonne of man) there shall chaynes be brought for the, to bynde the wythall, so that thou shalt not escape out of them. Ezekiel 3:26 And I wyll make thy tunge cleue so to the rofe of thy mouth, that thou shalt be domme, & not be as a chyder wyth them: for it is an obstinate housholde. Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speake vnto the, then open thy mouth, and saye: Thus sayeth þe Lorde God: who so heareth, let hym heare: who so wyll not let him leaue, for it is an obstynate housholde.