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Ezekiel 3

1The Lord said to me, “Son of man, eat what is in front of you. Eat this scroll. Then go and speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth. And he gave me the scroll to eat.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you. Fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it. And it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, go to the people of Israel. Give them my message. I am not sending you to people who speak another language that is hard to learn. Instead, I am sending you to the people of Israel. You are not being sent to many nations whose people speak other languages that are hard to learn. You would not be able to understand them. Suppose I had sent you to them. Then they certainly would have listened to you. But the people of Israel do not want to listen to you. That is because they do not want to listen to me. All the Israelites are very stubborn. But I will make you just as stubborn as they are. I will make you very brave. So do not be afraid of them. Do not let them terrify you, even though they refuse to obey me.”

10 He continued, “Son of man, listen carefully. Take to heart everything I tell you. 11 Go now to your own people who were brought here as prisoners. Speak to them. Tell them, ‘Here is what the Lord and King says.’ Speak to them whether they listen or not.”

12 Then the Spirit of the Lord lifted me up. I heard a loud rumbling sound behind me. The sound was made when the glory of the Lord rose up. It rose up from the place it had been standing. 13 The sound was made by the wings of the living creatures. They were brushing against one another. The sound was also made by the wheels beside them. It was a loud rumbling sound. 14 Then the Spirit lifted me up and took me away. My spirit was bitter. I was very angry. The power of the Lord was on me. 15 I came to my people who had been brought as prisoners to Tel Aviv. It was near the Kebar River. I went to where they were living. There I sat among them for seven days. I was very sad and scared about everything that had happened.

The Lord Has Appointed Ezekiel to Warn Israel

16 After seven days, a message from the Lord came to me. 17 The Lord said, “Son of man, I have appointed you as a prophet to warn the people of Israel. So listen to my message. Give them a warning from me. 18 Suppose I say to a sinful person, ‘You can be sure you will die.’ And you do not warn them. You do not try to get them to change their evil ways in order to save their life. Then that sinful person will die because they have sinned. And I will hold you responsible for their death. 19 But suppose you do warn that sinful person. And they do not turn away from their sin or their evil ways. Then they will die because they have sinned. But you will have saved yourself.

20 “Or suppose a godly person turns away from their godliness and does what is evil. And suppose I put something in their way that will trip them up. Then they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The godly things that person did will not be remembered. And I will hold you responsible for their death. 21 But suppose you do warn a godly person not to sin. And they do not sin. Then you can be sure that they will live because they listened to your warning. And you will have saved yourself.”

22 The power of the Lord was on me. He said, “Get up. Go out to the plain. I will speak to you there.” 23 So I got up and went out to the plain. The glory of the Lord was standing there. It was just like the glory I had seen by the Kebar River. So I fell with my face toward the ground.

24 Then the Spirit of the Lord came into me. He raised me to my feet. He said to me, “Go, son of man. Shut yourself inside your house. 25 Some people will tie you up with ropes. So you will not be able to go out among your people. 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth. Then you will be silent. You will not be able to correct them. That’s because they always refuse to obey me. 27 But later I will speak to you. I will open your mouth. Then you will tell them, ‘Here is what the Lord and King says.’ Those who listen will listen. And those who refuse to listen will refuse. They always refuse to obey me.

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Ezequiel 3

1Y me dijo: «Hijo de hombre, cómete este rollo escrito, y luego ve a hablarles a los israelitas».

Yo abrí la boca y él hizo que me comiera el rollo. Luego me dijo: «Hijo de hombre, cómete el rollo que te estoy dando hasta que te sacies». Y yo me lo comí, y era tan dulce como la miel.

Otra vez me dijo: «Hijo de hombre, ve a la nación de Israel y proclámale mis palabras. No te envío a un pueblo de lenguaje complicado y difícil de entender, sino a la nación de Israel. No te mando a naciones numerosas de lenguaje complicado y difícil de entender, aunque si te hubiera mandado a ellas seguramente te escucharían. Pero el pueblo de Israel no va a escucharte porque no quiere obedecerme. Todo el pueblo de Israel es terco y obstinado. No obstante, yo te haré tan terco y obstinado como ellos. ¡Te haré inquebrantable como el diamante, inconmovible como la roca! No les tengas miedo ni te asustes, por más que sean un pueblo rebelde».

10 Luego me dijo: «Hijo de hombre, escucha bien todo lo que voy a decirte, y atesóralo en tu corazón. 11 Ahora ve adonde están exiliados tus compatriotas. Tal vez te escuchen, tal vez no; pero tú adviérteles: “Así dice el Señor omnipotente”».

12 Entonces el Espíritu de Dios[a] me levantó, y detrás de mí oí decir con el estruendo de un terremoto: «¡Bendita sea la gloria del Señor, donde él habita!» 13 Oí el ruido de las alas de los seres vivientes al rozarse unas con otras, y el de las ruedas que estaban junto a ellas, y el ruido era estruendoso. 14 El Espíritu me levantó y se apoderó de mí, y me fui amargado y enardecido, mientras la mano del Señor me sujetaba con fuerza. 15 Así llegué a Tel Aviv, a orillas del río Quebar, adonde estaban los israelitas exiliados, y totalmente abatido me quedé con ellos durante siete días.

Advertencia a Israel

16 Al cabo de los siete días, el Señor me dijo lo siguiente: 17 «Hijo de hombre, a ti te he puesto como centinela del pueblo de Israel. Por tanto, cuando oigas mi palabra, adviértele de mi parte 18 al malvado: “Estás condenado a muerte”. Si tú no le hablas al malvado ni le haces ver su mala conducta, para que siga viviendo, ese malvado morirá por causa de su pecado, pero yo te pediré cuentas de su muerte. 19 En cambio, si tú se lo adviertes, y él no se arrepiente de su maldad ni de su mala conducta, morirá por causa de su pecado, pero tú habrás salvado tu vida. 20 Por otra parte, si un justo se desvía de su buena conducta y hace lo malo, y yo lo hago tropezar y tú no se lo adviertes, él morirá sin que se le tome en cuenta todo el bien que haya hecho. Por no haberle hecho ver su maldad, él morirá por causa de su pecado, pero yo te pediré cuentas de su muerte. 21 Pero, si tú le adviertes al justo que no peque, y en efecto él no peca, él seguirá viviendo porque hizo caso de tu advertencia, y tú habrás salvado tu vida».

22 Luego el Señor puso su mano sobre mí, y me dijo: «Levántate y dirígete al campo, que allí voy a hablarte». 23 Yo me levanté y salí al campo. Allí vi la gloria del Señor, tal como la había visto a orillas del río Quebar, y caí rostro en tierra. 24 Entonces el Espíritu de Dios entró en mí, hizo que me pusiera de pie, y me dijo: «Ve y enciérrate en tu casa. 25 A ti, hijo de hombre, te atarán con sogas para que no puedas salir ni andar entre el pueblo. 26 Yo haré que se te pegue la lengua al paladar, y así te quedarás mudo y no podrás reprenderlos, por más que sean un pueblo rebelde. 27 Pero, cuando yo te hable, te soltaré la lengua y les advertirás: “Así dice el Señor omnipotente”. El que quiera oír, que oiga; y el que no quiera, que no oiga, porque son un pueblo rebelde.

Notas al pie

  1. 3:12 Espíritu de Dios. Lit. espíritu o viento; también en v. 24.