1 He said to me, “Son of man,1 stand on your feet and I will speak with you.” 2 As he spoke to me,2 a wind3 came into me and stood me on my feet, and I heard the one speaking to me.
3 He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the house4 of Israel, to rebellious nations5 who have rebelled against me; both they and their fathers have revolted6 against me to this very day. 4 The people7 to whom I am sending you are obstinate and hard-hearted,8 and you must say to them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says.’9 5 And as for them,10 whether they listen11 or not – for they are a rebellious12 house13 – they will know that a prophet has been among them. 6 But you, son of man, do not fear them, and do not fear their words – even though briers14 and thorns15 surround you and you live among scorpions – do not fear their words and do not be terrified of the looks they give you,16 for they are a rebellious house! 7 You must speak my words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious. 8 As for you, son of man, listen to what I am saying to you: Do not rebel like that rebellious house! Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.”
9 Then I looked and realized a hand was stretched out to me, and in it was a written scroll. 10 He unrolled it before me, and it had writing on the front17 and back;18 written on it were laments, mourning, and woe.