1He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.”
2When he spoke to me the spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him who spoke to me.
3He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a nation of rebels who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me even to this very day.
4The children are impudent and stiff-hearted. I am sending you to them, and you must tell them, ‘This is what the Lord Yahweh says.’
5And whether they will hear or whether they will refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), yet they will know that there has been a prophet among them.
6You, son of man, do not be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briars and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions; do not be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house.
7You are to speak my words to them, whether they will hear or whether they will refuse to hear, for they are most rebellious.
8But you, son of man, hear what I tell you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth, and eat what I give you.”
9When I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me; and, behold, a scroll of a book was in it;
10he spread it before me, and it was written inside and outside, and there were written in it lamentations, and mourning, and woe.