Ezekiel Is Israel's Watchman
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
"Son of man, speak to a the children of your people, and say to them: b 'When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their c watchman,
'when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people,
'then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does d not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, e his blood shall be on his own head.
'He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life.
'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, f he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.'
g "So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.
"When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
"Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
"And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse."
Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, 'Sword, go through the land,' and I cut off man and beast from it.
2 Samuel 18:24
Now David was sitting between the two gates. And the watchman went up to the roof over the gate, to the wall, lifted his eyes and looked, and there was a man, running alone.
2 Samuel 18:25
Then the watchman cried out and told the king. And the king said, "If he is alone, there is news in his mouth." And he came rapidly and drew near.
2 Kings 9:17
Now a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, "I see a company of men." And Joram said, "Get a horseman and send him to meet them, and let him say, ' Is it peace?'
The watchman of Ephraim is with my God; But the prophet is a fowler's snare in all his ways - Enmity in the house of his God.
2 Chronicles 25:16
So it was, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, "Have we made you the king's counselor? Cease! Why should you be killed?" Then the prophet ceased, and said, "I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not heeded my advice.
Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.
Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets preached, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds." ' But they did not hear nor heed Me," says the LORD.
If he has exacted usury Or taken increase - Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him.
I will make you perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; then you shall know that I am the LORD.
But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.
When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent.
Ezekiel 3:17 - 21
Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: