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Yahweh’s wordcametome, saying, “Sonofman, speaktothechildrenofyourpeople, andtellthem, ‘WhenIbringtheswordona land, andthepeopleofthe land takeamanfromamongthem, andsethimfortheirwatchman, if, whenheseestheswordcomeonthe land, heblowsthetrumpetandwarnsthepeople, then whoever hearsthesoundofthetrumpetand doesn’t heedthewarning, iftheswordcomesandtakeshimaway, hisbloodwillbeonhisownhead. Heheardthesoundofthetrumpetand didn’t takewarning. Hisbloodwillbeonhim; whereas ifhehadheededthewarning, hewouldhavedeliveredhissoul. Butifthewatchmanseestheswordcomeand doesn’t blowthetrumpet, andthepeople aren’t warned, andtheswordcomesandtakesanypersonfromamongthem, heistakenawayinhisiniquity, buthisbloodIwillrequireatthewatchman’s hand.’
“Soyou, sonofman, IhavesetyouawatchmantothehouseofIsrael. Therefore hearthewordfrommymouth, andgivethem warnings fromme. WhenItellthewicked, ‘Owickedman, youwillsurelydie,’ andyou don’t speaktowarnthewickedfromhisway, thatwickedmanwilldieinhisiniquity, butIwillrequirehisbloodatyourhand. Nevertheless, ifyouwarnthewickedofhiswaytoturnfromit, andhe doesn’t turnfromhisway; hewilldieinhisiniquity, butyouhavedeliveredyoursoul.
10 “You, sonofman, tell thehouseofIsrael: ‘Yousaythis, “Ourtransgressionsandoursinsareonus, andwe pine awayinthem. Howthencanwelive?” ’ 11 Tell them, ‘ “AsIlive,” saystheLordYahweh, “Ihavenopleasureinthedeathofthewicked, butthatthewickedturnfromhiswayandlive. Turn, turnfromyourevilways! Forwhywillyoudie, houseofIsrael?” ’
12 “You, sonofman, tell thechildrenofyourpeople, ‘Therighteousnessoftherighteouswillnotdeliverhiminthedayofhis disobedience. Andasforthewickednessofthewicked, hewillnotfallbyitinthedaythatheturnsfromhiswickedness; neitherwillhewhoisrighteousbeabletolivebyitinthedaythathesins. 13 WhenItelltherighteousthathewillsurelylive, ifhe trusts inhisrighteousnessandcommitsiniquity, noneofhisrighteousdeedswillberemembered; buthewilldieinhisiniquitythathehascommitted. 14 Again, whenIsaytothewicked, “Youwillsurelydie,” if heturnsfromhissinanddoesthatwhichislawfulandright, 15 if thewickedrestorethepledge, giveagainthatwhichhehadtakenbyrobbery, walkinthestatutesoflife, committingnoiniquity, hewillsurelylive. Hewillnotdie. 16 Noneofhissinsthathehascommittedwillberememberedagainsthim. Hehasdonethatwhichislawfulandright. Hewillsurelylive.
17 “ ‘Yetthechildrenofyourpeople say, “Thewayofthe Lord isnot fair;” butasforthem, theirwayisnot fair. 18 Whentherighteousturnsfromhisrighteousnessandcommitsiniquity, hewillevendie therein. 19 Whenthewickedturnsfromhiswickednessanddoesthatwhichislawfulandright, hewilllivebyit. 20 Yetyousay, “Thewayofthe Lord isnot fair.” HouseofIsrael, Iwilljudgeeveryoneofyouafterhisways.’ ”
 
21 Inthetwelfthyearofourcaptivity, inthetenthmonth, inthefifthdayofthemonth, onewhohadescapedoutofJerusalemcametome, saying, “Thecityhasbeendefeated!” 22 NowYahweh’s handhadbeenonmeintheevening, beforehewhohadescapedcame; andhehadopenedmymouthuntilhecametomeinthemorning; andmymouthwasopened, andIwasnolonger mute.
23 Yahweh’s wordcametome, saying, 24 “Sonofman, thosewhoinhabitthewasteplacesinthe land ofIsrael speak, saying, ‘Abraham wasone, andheinheritedthe land; butwearemany. The land isgivenusforinheritance.’ 25 Therefore tell them, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “You eat withtheblood, andliftupyoureyestoyouridols, andshedblood. So should youpossessthe land? 26 Youstandonyoursword, youworkabomination, andeveryoneofyoudefileshisneighbor’s wife. Soshouldyoupossessthe land?” ’
27 “Youshall tell them, ‘TheLordYahwehsays: “AsIlive, surelythosewhoareinthewasteplaceswillfallbythesword. Iwillgivewhoeverisintheopenfieldtotheanimalstobe devoured, andthosewhoareinthe strongholds andinthecaveswilldieofthepestilence. 28 Iwillmakethelandadesolationandanastonishment. Theprideofherpowerwillcease. ThemountainsofIsraelwillbedesolate, sothatnoonewillpassthrough. 29 ThentheywillknowthatIamYahweh, whenIhavemadethe land adesolationandanastonishmentbecauseofalltheirabominationswhichtheyhavecommitted.” ’
30 “Asforyou, sonofman, thechildrenofyourpeopletalkaboutyoubythewallsandinthedoorsofthehouses, andspeaktoone another, everyone tohis brother, saying, ‘PleasecomeandhearwhatthewordisthatcomesoutfromYahweh.’ 31 Theycometoyouasthepeoplecome, andtheysitbeforeyouasmypeople, andtheyhearyourwords, but don’t dothem; forwiththeirmouththeyshowmuchlove, buttheirheartgoesaftertheirgain. 32 Behold, youaretothemasaverylovelysongofonewhohasapleasantvoice, andcanplaywellonaninstrument; fortheyhearyourwords, butthey don’t dothem.
33 “Whenthiscomestopass—behold, itcomes—thentheywillknowthataprophethasbeenamongthem.”