In Ezekiel 2, following the initial vision, Ezekiel is addressed by God and given his prophetic commission. God describes Israel as a rebellious nation, hardened and impudent, setting the stage for Ezekiel's challenging mission. Ezekiel is instructed to speak God's words to them, whether they listen or not, emphasizing the importance of his role as a messenger. God warns Ezekiel not to be afraid of the people or their words, and not to be discouraged by their resistance. The chapter portrays the prophet's role as one of courage and resilience in the face of opposition. God also warns Ezekiel of the rebellious nature of the house of Israel, emphasizing that his mission will be met with resistance and hostility. Despite this, Ezekiel is to remain steadfast, delivering God's message with faithfulness and integrity. The chapter establishes the tone of Ezekiel's prophetic ministry, one that would involve confrontation, challenge, but also a deep commitment to the divine mission.

Ezekiel 2

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

End of Ezekiel 2

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