Ezekiel - Chapter 2


The King James Version Basic English Version (BBE)

1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

1 And he said to me, Son of man, get up on your feet, so that I may say words to you.

2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

2 And at his words the spirit came into me and put me on my feet; and his voice came to my ears.

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

3 And he said to me, Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to an uncontrolled nation which has gone against me: they and their fathers have been sinners against me even to this very day.

4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.

4 And the children are hard and stiff-hearted; I am sending you to them: and you are to say to them, These are the words of the Lord.

5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

5 And they, if they give ear to you or if they do not give ear (for they are an uncontrolled people), will see that there has been a prophet among them.

6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

6 And you, son of man, have no fear of them or of their words, even if sharp thorns are round you and you are living among scorpions: have no fear of their words and do not be overcome by their looks, for they are an uncontrolled people.

7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

7 And you are to give them my words, if they give ear to you or if they do not: for they are uncontrolled.

8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

8 But you, son of man, give ear to what I say to you, and do not be uncontrolled like that uncontrolled people: let your mouth be open and take what I give you.

9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

9 And looking, I saw a hand stretched out to me, and I saw the roll of a book in it;

10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

10 And he put it open before me, and it had writing on the front and on the back; words of grief and sorrow and trouble were recorded in it.




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