This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of Jehovah. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and I heard the voice of someone speaking.
Then He said to me, Son of man, stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you.
And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke to me and caused me to stand up on my feet. And I heard Him who spoke to me.
And He said to me, Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to rebellious heathen who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me unto this very day;
And they are impudent and hard- hearted children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord Jehovah.
And they, whether they hear or not-for they are a rebellious house-they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.
And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them and do not be afraid of their words; though thistles and thorns are with you and you dwell among scorpions, do not be afraid of their words and do not be dismayed at their faces; for they are a rebellious house.
And you shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or not; for they are rebellious.
But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house. Open your mouth and eat what I give you.
And I looked, and there was a hand, put forth toward me; and in it there was a scroll book.
And He spread it before me. And it was written on the front and back, and on it were written lamentations, mourning, and woe.
Then He said to me, Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.
So I opened my mouth, and He gave me that scroll to eat.
And He said to me, Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your inward parts with this scroll that I am giving you. And I ate it, and it was like honey in my mouth in its sweetness.
Then He said to me, Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak My words to them.
For you are being sent not to a people of strange speech and unintelligible language but to the house of Israel,
Not to many peoples of strange speech and unintelligible language, whose words you cannot understand. If I were to send you to such, they would hear you;
But the house of Israel is not willing to hear you, for they are not willing to hear Me, because all the house of Israel is obstinate and stiff-hearted.
I am now making your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads.
Like adamant, harder than flint, I am making your forehead; do not be afraid of them or dismayed at their faces, for they are a rebellious house.
Moreover He said to me, Son of man, all My words that I will speak to you take into your heart and hear with your ears.
And go to those of the captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, Thus says the Lord Jehovah; whether they hear or not.