Ezekiel 33:1-33, NLT
Ezekiel as Israel’s Watchman
1Once again a message came to me from the Lord:
7“Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me.
The Watchman’s Message
10“Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: You are saying, ‘Our sins are heavy upon us; we are wasting away! How can we survive?’
12“Son of man, give your people this message: The righteous behavior of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the wicked behavior of wicked people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins.
17“Your people are saying, ‘The Lord isn’t doing what’s right,’ but it is they who are not doing what’s right.
Explanation of Jerusalem’s Fall
21On January 8,*33:21 Hebrew On the fifth day of the tenth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. This event occurred on January 8, 585 b.c.; also see note on 1:1. during the twelfth year of our captivity, a survivor from Jerusalem came to me and said, “The city has fallen!”
23Then this message came to me from the Lord:
27“Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: As surely as I live, those living in the ruins will die by the sword. And I will send wild animals to eat those living in the open fields. Those hiding in the forts and caves will die of disease.
30“Son of man, your people talk about you in their houses and whisper about you at the doors. They say to each other, ‘Come on, let’s go hear the prophet tell us what the Lord is saying!’