Mission to Rebellious Israel
1He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet2:1 Dn 10:11 and I will speak with you.”
2As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet,2:2 Ezk 3:24; Dn 8:18 and I listened to the one who was speaking to me.
3He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to2:3 Or Israelites and to the rebellious pagans who have rebelled against me. The Israelites and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this day.2:3 Ezk 20:18,30
4The descendants are obstinate2:4 Lit hard of face and hardhearted.2:4 Ezk 3:7 I am sending you to them, and you must say to them, ‘This is what the Lord God says.’
5Whether they listen or refuse to listen2:5 Ezk 3:11,27 — for they are a rebellious house — they will know that a prophet has been among them.2:5 Ezk 33:33
6“But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them and do not be afraid of their words,2:6 Jr 1:8,17; Ezk 3:9 even though briers and thorns are beside you and you live among scorpions.2:6 2Sm 23:6; Ezk 28:24; Mc 7:4 Don’t be afraid of their words or discouraged by the look on their faces, for they are a rebellious house.
7Speak my words to them whether they listen or refuse to listen,2:7 Jr 1:7,17 for they are rebellious.
8“And you, son of man, listen to what I tell you: Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.”2:8 Jr 15:16; Ezk 3:3; Rv 10:9
9So I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me,2:9 Ezk 8:3 and there was a written scroll in it.2:9 Jr 36:2; Ezk 3:1
10When he unrolled it before me, it was written on the front and back; words of lamentation, mourning, and woe were written on it.