According to the duty of a watchman, in warning the people,
Ezekiel 33:1 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 33:2 'Son of man, speak unto the sons of thy people, and thou hast said unto them: A landwhen I bring in against it a sword, And the people of the land have taken one man out of their borders, And made him to them for a watchman. Ezekiel 33:3 And he hath seen the sword coming against the land, And hath blown with a trumpet, and hath warned the people, Ezekiel 33:4 And the hearer hath heard the voice of the trumpet, and he hath not taken warning, And come in doth the sword, and taketh him away, His blood is on his head. Ezekiel 33:5 The voice of the trumpet he heard, And he hath not taken warning, his blood is on him, And he who took warning his soul hath delivered. Ezekiel 33:6 And the watchman, when he seeth the sword coming in, And he hath not blown with a trumpet, And the people hath not been warned, And come in doth a sword, And taketh away of thema soul, He in his iniquity is taken away, And his blood from the hand of the watchman I require.
Ezekiel is admonished of his duty.
Ezekiel 33:7 And thou, son of man, A watchman I gave thee to the house of Israel, And thou hast heard from My mouth a word, And thou hast warned them from Me. Ezekiel 33:8 In My saying to the wicked, O wicked onethou dost surely die, And thou hast not spoken to warn the wicked from his way, Hethe wickedin his iniquity doth die, And his blood from thy hand I require. Ezekiel 33:9 And thou, when thou hast warned the wicked of his way, to turn back from it, And he hath not turned back from his way, He in his iniquity doth die, And thou thy soul hast delivered.
God sheweth the justice of his ways towards the penitent, and towards revolters.
Ezekiel 33:10 And thou, son of man, say unto the house of Israel: Rightly ye have spoken, saying: Surely our transgressions and our sins [are] on us, And in them we are wasting away, How, then, do we live? Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, I delight not in the death of the wicked, Butin the turning of the wicked from his way, And he hath lived, Turn back, turn back, from your evil ways, Yea, why do ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:12 And thou, son of man, say unto the sons of thy people: The righteousness of the righteous doth not deliver him in the day of his transgression, And the wickedness of the wicked, He doth not stumble for it in the day of his turning from his wickedness, And the righteous is not able to live in it in the day of his sinning. Ezekiel 33:13 In My saying of the righteous: He surely liveth, Andhe hath trusted on his righteousness, And he hath done perversity, All his righteous acts are not remembered, And for his perversity that he hath done, For it he doth die. Ezekiel 33:14 And in My saying to the wicked: Thou surely diest, Andhe hath turned back from his sin, And hath done judgment and righteousness, Ezekiel 33:15 (The pledge the wicked restoreth, plunder he repayeth,) In the statutes of life he hath walked, So as not to do perversity, He surely livethhe doth not die. Ezekiel 33:16 None of his sin that he hath sinned is remembered to him, Judgment and righteousness he hath done, He doth surely live.
He maintaineth his justice.
Ezekiel 33:17 And the sons of thy people have said: The way of the Lord is not pondered, As to themtheir way is not pondered. Ezekiel 33:18 In the turning back of the righteous from his righteousness, And he hath done perversityhe dieth for it. Ezekiel 33:19 And in the turning back of the wicked from his wickedness, And he hath done judgment and righteousness, by them he liveth.
Ezekiel 33:20 And ye have said: The way of the Lord is not pondered, Each according to his ways do I judge you, O house of Israel.'
Upon the news of the taking of Jerusalem he prophesieth the desolations of the land.
Ezekiel 33:21 And it cometh to pass, in the twelfth yearin the tenth [month], in the fifth of the monthof our removal, come in unto me doth one who is escaped from Jerusalem, saying, 'The city hath been smitten.' Ezekiel 33:22 And the hand of Jehovah hath been unto me in the evening, before the coming in of the escaped one, and He openeth my mouth till the coming in unto me in the morning, and opened is my mouth, and I have not been silent again. Ezekiel 33:23 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 33:24 'Son of man, the inhabitants of these wastes on the ground of Israel are speaking, saying: Alone hath been Abrahamand he possesseth the land, and we [are] manyto us hath the land been given for a possession. Ezekiel 33:25 Therefore say unto them: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: With the blood ye do eat, And your eyes ye lift up unto your idols, And blood ye shed, and the land ye inherit! Ezekiel 33:26 Ye have stood on your sword, Ye have done abomination, Each the wife of his neighbour ye have defiled, And the land ye possess! Ezekiel 33:27 Thus dost thou say unto them: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: I livedo not they who [are] in the wastes by the sword fall? And they who [are] on the face of the field, To the beast I have given for food, And they who are in strongholds and in caves by pestilence die. Ezekiel 33:28 And I have made the land a desolation and an astonishment, And ceased hath the excellency of its strength, And desolated have been mountains of Israel, Without any one passing through. Ezekiel 33:29 And they have known that I [am] Jehovah, In My making the land a desolation and an astonishment, For all their abominations that they have done.
God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets.
Ezekiel 33:30 And thou, son of man, the sons of thy people who are speaking about thee, By the walls, and in openings of the houses, Have spoken one with another, each with his brother, Saying: Come in, I pray you, And hear what [is] the word that cometh out from Jehovah. Ezekiel 33:31 And they come in unto thee as the coming in of a people, And they sit before theeMy people, And have heard thy words, and they do them not, For doting loves with their mouth they are making, After their dishonest gain their heart is going. Ezekiel 33:32 And lo, thou [art] to them as a singer of doting loves, A pleasant voice, and playing well on an instrument, And they have heard thy words, and they are not doing them. Ezekiel 33:33 And in its coming inlo, it hath come, And they have known that a prophet hath been in their midst!'