Ezekiel 33
American Standard Version
Ezekiel as Israel's Watchman

1And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and set him for their watchman; 3if, when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning, if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him; whereas if he had taken warning, he would have delivered his soul. 6But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned, and the sword come, and take any person from among them; he is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

7So thou, son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 8When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die, and thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way; that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at thy hand. 9Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it, and he turn not from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.

The Message of the Watchman

10And thou, son of man, say unto the house of Israel: Thus ye speak, saying, Our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we pine away in them; how then can we live? 11Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 12And thou, son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall he that is righteous be able to live thereby in the day that he sinneth. 13When I say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his righteousness, and commit iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in his iniquity that he hath committed, therein shall he die. 14Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; 15if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that which he had taken by robbery, walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. 16None of his sins that he hath committed shall be remembered against him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

17Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. 18When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die therein. 19And when the wicked turneth from his wickedness, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. 20Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

Explanation of Jerusalem's Fall

21And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month , in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. 22Now the hand of Jehovah had been upon me in the evening, before he that was escaped came; and he had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb.

23And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, 24Son of man, they that inhabit those waste places in the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance. 25Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes unto your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land? 26Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbor's wife: and shall ye possess the land? 27Thus shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As I live, surely they that are in the waste places shall fall by the sword; and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured; and they that are in the strongholds and in the caves shall die of the pestilence. 28And I will make the land a desolation and an astonishment; and the pride of her power shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, so that none shall pass through. 29Then shall they know that I am Jehovah, when I have made the land a desolation and an astonishment, because of all their abominations which they have committed.

30And as for thee, son of man, the children of thy people talk of thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from Jehovah. 31And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but do them not; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their gain. 32And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument; for they hear thy words, but they do them not. 33And when this cometh to pass, (behold, it cometh,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. According to the duty of a watchman in warning the people
7. Ezekiel is admonished of his duty
10. God shows the justice of his ways toward the penitent and toward revolters
17. He maintains his justice
21. Upon the news of the taking of Jerusalem
25. he prophecies the desolation of the land
30. God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets
Ezekiel 1: Ezekiel's Prophecy at Kebar

Ezekiel 2: Ezekiel's Call

Ezekiel 3: Ezekiel Eats the Scroll

Ezekiel 4: The Siege of Jerusalem Predicted

Ezekiel 5: Judgment Against Jerusalem

Ezekiel 6: Judgment Against Idolatry

Ezekiel 7: The Hour of Doom

Ezekiel 8: Vision of Idolatry in the Temple

Ezekiel 9: Slaughter of the Idolaters

Ezekiel 10: God's Glory Exits the Temple

Ezekiel 11: Evil in High Places

Ezekiel 12: Signs of the Coming Captivity

Ezekiel 13: The Reproof of False Prophets

Ezekiel 14: Idolatrous Elders Condemned

Ezekiel 15: Jerusalem the Useless Vine

Ezekiel 16: Jerusalem's Unfaithfulness

Ezekiel 17: The Parable of Two Eagles and a Vine

Ezekiel 18: An Old Proverb About Israel

Ezekiel 19: Kingly Power Abused

Ezekiel 20: Rebellion in Egypt

Ezekiel 21: The Parable of the Lord's Sword

Ezekiel 22: The Sins of Jerusalem

Ezekiel 23: The Adultery of Oholah and Aholibah

Ezekiel 24: The Parable of the Cooking Pot

Ezekiel 25: A Prophecy Against Ammon

Ezekiel 26: A Prophecy Against Tyre

Ezekiel 27: A Lament for Tyre

Ezekiel 28: Prophecy Against the King of Tyre

Ezekiel 29: Judgment Against Pharaoh

Ezekiel 30: A Lament for Egypt

Ezekiel 31: Egypt Will Fall Like Assyria

Ezekiel 32: A Lament for Pharaoh King of Egypt

Ezekiel 33: Ezekiel as Israel's Watchman

Ezekiel 34: Prophecy Against Israel's Shepherds

Ezekiel 35: Prophecy Against Mount Seir

Ezekiel 36: Prophecy to the Mountains of Israel

Ezekiel 37: The Valley of Dry Bones

Ezekiel 38: Prophecy Against Gog

Ezekiel 39: The Slaughter of Gog's Armies

Ezekiel 40: The Man with a Measuring Rod

Ezekiel 41: The Inner Temple

Ezekiel 42: Chambers for the Priests

Ezekiel 43: The Lord's Glory Returns to the Temple

Ezekiel 44: East Gate Assigned to the Prince

Ezekiel 45: Consecration of the Land

Ezekiel 46: The Prince's Offerings

Ezekiel 47: Waters From Under the Temple

Ezekiel 48: The Portion for the Tribes

Ezekiel 32
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