Ezekiel eateth the roll.
Ezekiel 3:1 After this sayde he vnto me: Thou sonne of man, eate that, whatsoeuer it be: yee eate that closed boke & go thy waye, and speak vnto þe chyldren of Israel. Ezekiel 3:2 So I opened my mouth, and he gaue me the boke for to eate, Ezekiel 3:3 and sayde vnto me: Thou sonne of man, thy bely shall eate, and thy bowels shalbe fylled with the boke, 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 the 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 harde speache, but vnto the house of Israel: Ezekiel 3:6 Not to many nacyons, which haue dyuerse speaches & 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 the, for they wyll not folowe me: yee all the house of Israell haue styf foreheades and harde hertes. Ezekiel 3:8 Beholde therfore, I wyll 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 Adamaunte or flynt stone: that thou mayeste 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 dylygent hede wyth 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 this maner: Thus the Lorde God hath spoken: whether ye heare, or heare not. Ezekiel 3:12 Wyth 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 his place. Ezekiel 3:13 I hearde also the noyse of the wynges of the beastes, that russhed one agaynst another, yee and the ratlynge of the wheles, that were by them, whyche russhynge and noyse was very greate. Ezekiel 3:14 Now when the sprete toke me vp, and caried me awaye, I wente with an heuy and 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, and remayned in that place, where they were: And so contynued I amonge them seuen dayes, beinge verye sory. Ezekiel 3:16 And when the seuen dayes were expired, the Lord sayde vnto me: Ezekiel 3:17 Thou sonne of man I haue made the a watchman vnto þe house of Israell: therfore take good hede to the wordes, and geue them warnyng at my commaundement. Ezekiel 3:18 If I sayde vnto the, concernynge the vngodly man: that (wythout doute) he muste dye, and thou geuest hym not warnynge, ner speakest vnto hym, that he maye turne from hys euell waye, and so to lyue: Then shalll the same vngodly man dye in hys owne vnryghtuousnes: but hys bloude wyll I requyre of thyne hande. Ezekiel 3:19 Neuertheles, yf thou geue warnynge vnto the wycked, and he yet forsake not his vngodlynesse: then shall he dye in his owne wyckednesse, but thou hast discharged thy soule. Ezekiel 3:20 Now yf a ryghtuous man go from his rightuousnesse, and do the thynge that is euell: I will laye a stomblynge blocke before hym, & he shall dye, because thou hast not geuen him warning: yee dye shall he in hys owne synne so that the vertue, which he dyd before, shall not be thought vpon: but hys bloude wyll I requyre of thyne hande. Ezekiel 3:21 Neuerthelesse, yf thou exhortest the ryghtuous, that he synne not, & so the ryghtuous do not synne: then shall he lyue, because he hath receyued thy warnynge, and thou hast dyscharged thy soule.
God shutteth and openeth the prophet's mouth.
Ezekiel 3:22 And there came þe hand of the Lorde vpon me, and he sayde 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 in to the felde: Beholde, the glory of the Lord stode there, lyke as I saw it afore, by the water of Cobar. Then fell I downe vpon my face, Ezekiel 3:24 and the sprete came in to me, whych set me vp vpon my fete, & sayde 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 withall, so that thou shalt not escape out of them. Ezekiel 3:26 And I wyll make thy tunge cleue so to þe rofe of thy mouth, that thou shalt be domme, and not be as a chyder wyth them: for it is an obstynate housholde. Ezekiel 3:27 But when I speake vnto the, then open thy mouth, and saye: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: who so heareth, lett hym heare: who so wyll not, let hym leaue: for it is an obstynate housholde.