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Ezekiel 33

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Ezekiel 33

1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

10 Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?

11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

14 Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

15 If the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

16 None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

17 Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal.



18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

19 But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

20 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.

21 And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten.

22 Now the hand of the LORD was upon me in the evening, afore he that was escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until he came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no more dumb.

23 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.

25 Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land?

26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour's wife: and shall ye possess the land?

27 Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.

28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.

29 Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.

30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.

31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.

33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.

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Summary and the Meaning of Ezekiel Chapter 33

The thirty-third chapter of the book of Ezekiel, in the King James Version of the Holy Bible, is a critical turning point in the prophetic narrative, where the themes of responsibility, repentance, and the promise of restoration are brought to the forefront. This essay will delve into the intricate layers of meaning within the text and provide a comprehensive summary of this intriguing chapter.

The Role of the Watchman

The chapter begins with a vivid metaphor of a watchman, tasked with warning the people of an impending invasion. Ezekiel is positioned as this watchman for the house of Israel. "Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman." (Ezekiel 33:2). This metaphor serves as a clear representation of Ezekiel's prophetic mission and the responsibility he carries. Ezekiel's role is to relay God's warning to the people, and their fate depends on their response to this warning.

The Theme of Responsibility

Ezekiel 33 emphasizes the shared responsibility between the prophet and the people. The watchman must sound the alarm, and the people must heed the warning. If the watchman fails to sound the alarm, he will be held accountable for the people's fate. Conversely, if the people ignore the warning, their blood will be on their own heads. "His blood will I require at thine hand." (Ezekiel 33:6). This mutual responsibility underscores the importance of communication and obedience in the relationship between God, His prophet, and His people.

The Call to Repentance

Ezekiel 33 also delivers a strong call to repentance. God declares that He takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. "Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live." (Ezekiel 33:11). This statement reveals God's compassionate nature and His desire for redemption rather than retribution. It also challenges the people's assumption that their past righteousness will save them, emphasizing instead the importance of their current choices and actions.

The Promise of Restoration

Despite the somber warnings and calls for repentance, Ezekiel 33 also carries a promise of restoration. God assures the people that if they turn from their wickedness, they will surely live. "And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them." (Ezekiel 33:33). This promise offers a glimmer of hope amidst the gloom, indicating that repentance can lead to restoration and renewal.

The People's Reaction

The chapter concludes with the people's reaction to Ezekiel's message. Despite acknowledging the beauty of his words, they fail to put them into practice. "And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not." (Ezekiel 33:32). This reaction highlights the disconnect between hearing and doing, further emphasizing the importance of active response to God's word.

In conclusion, Ezekiel 33 serves as a powerful exploration of the themes of responsibility, repentance, and restoration. It presents Ezekiel's role as a watchman, tasked with warning the people of God's judgment, and underscores the importance of repentance and active obedience to God's word. Despite the stern warnings, the chapter also carries a promise of restoration, indicating that it is never too late to turn back to God. The people's reaction to Ezekiel's message serves as a sobering reminder of the gap that can exist between hearing God's word and truly living it out. Thus, Ezekiel 33 serves as a timeless call to vigilance, repentance, and active faith.



This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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