1 He said to me, "Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you." 2 The Spirit entered into me when he spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard him who spoke to me. 3 He said to me, "Son of man, I send 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. 4 The children are obstinate and hardhearted. I am sending you to them, and you shall tell them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' 5 They, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
6 You, son of man, do not be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you, and you do dwell among scorpions: do not be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house. 7 You shall speak my words to them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear; for they are most rebellious.
8 But you, son of man, hear what I tell you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house: open your mouth, and eat that which I give you." 9 When I looked, behold, a hand was put forth to me; and, behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 He spread it before me: and it was written within and without; and there were written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.