New International Reader's Version

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.

O Livro

Ezequiel 3

1“Homem mortal”, continuou a dizer-me, “come o que estou a dar-te; ingere este rolo! Depois vai e comunica a sua mensagem ao povo de Israel.” 2/3 Peguei então no rolo. “Vá, come-o”. E quando o comi, soube-me a mel.

4/7 “Homem mortal, envio-te ao povo de Israel com as minhas palavras. Não é a uma terra estrangeira e distante que te mando, a um povo cuja língua não entendas, não; não vais ter com populações de fala difícil de decifrar — esses certamente escutar-te-iam! É com o povo de Israel que vais ter. E não hão-de querer ouvir-te, tal como também recusaram dar-me ouvidos! Porque são todos um povo endurecido e obstinado. 8/9 Mas repara, a ti dou-te autoridade, e também te faço firme, tão resistente como eles. Fiz a tua fronte tão rija como uma rocha. Por isso não os temas, não tenhas medo dos seus ares soturnos, dos seus olhares sombrios, pois que são pessoas indomáveis.”

10/11 E acrescentou: “Homem mortal, mete todas as minhas palavras no teu coração primeiramente; ouve-as atentamente, tu próprio. E depois vai então ter com o teu povo no exílio; e, quer eles escutem quer não, diz-lhes: É isto que diz o Senhor Deus!”

12 Seguidamente, o Espírito levantou-me e ouvi atrás de mim uma voz muito forte, com um grande eco, que dizia: “Bendita seja a glória do Senhor, lá onde ela permanece!” 13 Ouvi também o barulho das asas das criaturas, que tocavam umas nas outras, e também das rodas que as seguiam.

14/16 O Espírito tomou-me e levou-me a Tel-Avive, outra colónia de exilados judeus, junto do rio Quebar. Eu estava muito triste e o meu espírito ardia; mas a mão do Senhor era forte sobre mim. Sentei-me pois entre eles, sob a forte emoção que me tomara, durante sete dias.

Aviso a Israel

No fim desse tempo o Senhor disse-me: 17 “Homem mortal, designei-te como vigia de Israel; sempre que eu pretenda mandar um aviso ao meu povo, transmite-lho logo. 18 Se recusares avisar o ímpio quando eu pretender que lhe digas assim, ‘Estás condenado a morrer, por isso arrepende-te e salva a tua vida’, ele virá a morrer no seu pecado, mas a ti castigar-te-ei. Ficas responsável pela sua morte. 19 Mas se os avisares e eles continuarem a pecar, recusando arrepender-se, morrerão no seu pecado, mas tu não terás culpa alguma nisso, pois fizeste tudo o que podias. 20 E se uma pessoa que era boa se tornar ímpia, e se tu recusares avisá-la das consequências disso, o Senhor destruirá esse indivíduo, sem que o seu comportamento anterior lhe sirva de alguma coisa; morrerá no seu pecado. Mas tornar-te-ei responsável pela sua morte e castigar-te-ei. 21 No entanto, se o avisares e ele se arrepender, viverá; e quanto a ti, terás também salvo a tua própria vida.”

22/23 A mão de Deus estava sobre mim. E ele me disse: “Vai para o vale e falarei lá contigo”. Logo me levantei, fui e vi ali a glória do Senhor, tal como na minha primeira visão! Inclinei-me até à terra perante ele.

24/27 O Espírito entrou em mim, fez-me pôr de pé e disse-me: “Vai, fechar-te na tua própria casa; serás ligado com cordas de forma que não poderás sair de lá; farei com que a língua se te cole ao céu-da-boca. Durante esse tempo não serás para eles o homem que os repreende, embora sejam uma gente rebelde. Portanto, quando te der uma mensagem, desprender-te-ei a língua e farei com que fales, e dir-lhes-ás: Assim diz o Senhor Deus — quem quiser ouvir, que ouça; quem quiser recusar, que recuse. Porque eles são um povo obstinado.”