And the word of Jehovah was unto▵ me, saying,
Son of man, speak to▵ the sons of thy people, and say to▵ them, When◦ I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man◦ from within their ends, and put◦ him for a watchman for them;
and he sees the sword come on the land, and he sounds the shophar*, and warns the people;
and the hearer hear the voice of the shophar, and take· not ·warning, and the sword come, and take him, his blood shall be on◦ his own head.
He heard the voice of the shophar, and took· not ·warning; his blood shall be upon◦ him. But he◦ who takes··warning shall deliver◦ his soul.
But if▫ the watchman should see the sword coming, and not sound the shophar, and the people be not warned; and the sword come, and take a soul from among them◦, he◦ is taken in his iniquity, but his blood will I require from the hand of the watchman.
And thou◦, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman to the house of Israel; and thou shalt hear the word from My mouth, and warn them from Me.
When I say to the wicked, O wicked one, dying thou shalt die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that◦ wicked one shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I seek at thy hand.
But thou◦, if▫ thou warn the wicked of his way to turn··back from it, and he does not turn··back from his way, he◦ shall··die in his iniquity; but thou◦ hast rescued thy soul.
And thou◦, son of man, say to▵ the house of Israel, Thus◦ you say, saying, Surely▵ our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we◦ waste··away in them, and how◦ should we live?
Say to▵ them, As I◦ am alive, says◦ the Lord Jehovih*, I have no▫ delight in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn··back from his way and live; turn· ye ·back, turn· ye ·back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?
And thou◦, son of man, say to▵ the sons of thy people, The justice of the just shall not rescue him in the day of his transgression; and the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not stumble on◦ it in the day that he turns··back from his wickedness; neither shall the just be··able to live in his justice in the day of his sin.
When I shall say to the just, that living he shall live, and he◦ should trust upon his own justice, and do perversity, all his justice shall not be remembered; but for his perversity that he has done, he shall··die for it.
And when I say to the wicked, Dying thou shalt die, and he turn··back from his sin, and do judgment and justice,
If the wicked return the pledge, repay what··is··robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without doing perversity, living he shall live; he shall· not ·die.
All of his sins that he has sinned shall not be mentioned to him; he has done judgment and justice; living he shall live.
But the sons of thy people say, The way of the Lord is· not ·fair◦*; but as for them◦, their way is· not ·fair◦.
When the just turns··back from his justice, and does perversity, he shall· even ·die thereby.
But if the wicked turn··back from his wickedness, and do judgment and justice, thereby he◦ shall live.
But you say, The way of the Lord is· not ·fair◦. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you, each··man◦ according··to his ways.
And it was, in the twelfth year of our exile, in the tenth month, in the fifth of the month, that one who had escaped◦ from Jerusalem came to▵ me, saying, The city is smitten.
And the hand of Jehovah was upon me in the evening, before the coming of him who escaped◦; and He opened my mouth, until he came to▵ me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was··dumb no◦ more◦.
And the word of Jehovah was to▵ me, saying,
Son of man, they who dwell··in these wastes of the ground of Israel say, saying, Abraham was one, and he possessed the land, but we◦ are many; the land is given to us for a possession.
Therefore say to▵ them, Thus says the Lord Jehovih: You eat with the blood, and lift your eyes to▵ your idols, and shed blood; and shall you possess the land?
You stand upon your sword, you do abomination, and you are defiled, a man◦ with the wife of his companion; and shall you possess the land?
Say thou thus to▵ them, Thus says the Lord Jehovih: As I◦ live, surely they who are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him who is on the faces of the field will I give to the wild··animals to devour, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.
And I will lay the land most desolate, and the pride of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass··through.
And they shall know that I◦ am Jehovah, when I have laid the land most desolate on··account··of all their abominations which they have done.
And thou◦, son of man, the sons of thy people are speaking against◦ thee beside the walls◦ and in the entrances of the houses, and they speak one with◦ another one, a man◦ to his brother, saying, Come, I pray◦ you, and hear what the word is that goes··forth from Jehovah.
And they come unto▵ thee as the coming of a people, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they◦ do dote, but their heart goes◦ after their own gain.
And, behold, thou art to them as a doting song of a beautiful voice, and thou strummest well; and they hear thy words, but none of them do them.
And when it comes—, behold it comes—then they shall know that a prophet has been among▵ them.