1 Et factum est verbum Do mini ad me dicens:
2 "Fili ho minis, loquere ad filios populi tui et dices ad eos: Terra, cum induxero super eam gladium, et tulerit populus terrae virum unum de finibus suis et constituerit eum sibi speculatorem,
3 et ille viderit gladium venientem super terram et cecinerit bucina et annuntiaverit populo;
4 audiens autem quisquis ille est sonum bucinae, non se observaverit, veneritque gladius et tulerit eum: sanguis ipsius super caput eius erit;
5 sonum bucinae audivit et non se observavit, sanguis eius in ipso erit. Si autem se custodierit, animam suam salvavit.
6 Quod si speculator viderit gladium venientem et non insonuerit bucina, et populus non se custodierit; veneritque gladius et tulerit de eis animam: ille quidem in iniquitate sua captus est, sanguinem autem eius de manu speculatoris requiram.
7 Te autem, fili hominis, speculatorem dedi domui Israel. Audiens ergo ex ore meo sermonem, commonebis eos ex me.
8 Si, me dicente ad impium: Impie, morte morieris, non fueris locutus, ut se custodiat impius a via sua, ipse impius in iniquitate sua morietur, sanguinem autem eius de manu tua requiram.
9 Si autem commonueris impium, ut a viis suis convertatur, et ille non fuerit conversus a via sua, ipse in iniquitate sua morietur, porro tu animam tuam liberasti.
10 Tu ergo, fili hominis, dic ad domum Israel: Sic locuti estis, dicentes: "Iniquitates nostrae et peccata nostra super nos sunt, et in ipsis nos tabescimus; quomodo ergo vivere poterimus?".
11 Dic ad eos: Vivo ego, dicit Dominus Deus; nolo mortem impii, sed ut revertatur impius a via sua et vivat. Convertimini, convertimini a viis vestris pessimis; et quare moriemini, domus Israel?
12 Tu itaque, fili hominis, dic ad filios populi tui: Iustitia iusti non liberabit eum in quacumque die praevaricatus fuerit; et impietas impii non nocebit ei in quacumque die conversus fuerit ab impietate sua; et iustus non poterit vivere in iustitia sua in quacumque die peccaverit.
13 Etiamsi dixero iusto quod vita vivat, et, confisus in iustitia sua, fecerit iniquitatem, omnes iustitiae eius oblivioni tradentur, et in iniquitate sua, quam operatus est, in ipsa morietur.
14 Sin autem dixero impio: Morte morieris, et egerit paenitentiam a peccato suo feceritque iudicium et iustitiam,
15 pignus restituerit ille impius rapinamque reddiderit, in mandatis vitae ambulaverit nec fecerit quidquam iniustum, vita vivet et non morietur;
16 omnia peccata eius, quae peccavit, non imputabuntur ei: iudicium et iustitiam fecit, vita vivet.
17 Et dicunt filii populi tui: "Non est aequa via Domini"; et ipsorum via iniqua est.
18 Cum enim recesserit iustus a iustitia sua feceritque iniquitates, morietur in eis;
19 et cum recesserit impius ab impietate sua feceritque iudicium et iustitiam, vivet in eis.
20 Et dicitis: "Non est recta via Domini". Unumquemque iuxta vias suas iudicabo de vobis, domus Israel".
21 Et factum est in duodecimo anno, in decimo, in quinta mensis transmigrationis nostrae, venit ad me, qui fugerat de Ierusalem, dicens: "Vastata est civitas".
22 Manus autem Domini facta fuerat ad me vespere, antequam veniret qui fugerat; aperuitque os meum, donec veniret ad me mane, et, aperto ore meo, non silui amplius.
23 Et factum est verbum Domini ad me dicens:
24 "Fili hominis, qui habitant in ruinosis his super humum Israel, loquentes aiunt: "Unus erat Abraham et hereditate possedit terram; nos autem multi, nobis data est terra in possessionem".
25 Idcirco dices ad eos: Haec dicit Dominus Deus: Qui in sanguine comeditis et oculos vestros levatis ad idola vestra et sanguinem funditis, numquid terram hereditate possidebitis?
26 Stetistis in gladiis vestris, fecistis abominationes, et unusquisque uxorem proximi sui polluit, et terram hereditate possidebitis?
27 Haec dices ad eos: Sic dicit Dominus Deus: Vivo ego, qui in ruinosis habitant, gladio cadent; et, qui in agro est, bestiis tradetur ad devorandum; qui autem in praesidiis et in speluncis sunt, peste morientur.
28 Et dabo terram in solitudinem et desertum, et deficiet superba fortitudo eius, et desolabuntur montes Israel, ita ut nullus sit qui per eos transeat;
29 et scient quia ego Dominus, cum dedero terram desolatam et desertam propter universas abominationes suas, quas operati sunt.
30 Et tu, fili hominis, filii populi tui, qui loquuntur de te iuxta parietes et in ostiis domorum et dicunt unus ad alterum, vir ad fratrem suum, loquentes: "Venite et audite, qui sit sermo egrediens a Domino".
31 Et veniunt ad te quasi si conveniat populus, et sedent coram te populus meus; et audiunt sermones tuos et non faciunt eos, quia quasi amatores loquuntur, et avaritiam suam sequitur cor eorum.
32 Et es eis quasi carmen amatorum, quod suavi voce et cum dulci chordarum sono canitur, et audiunt verba tua et non faciunt ea.
33 Et cum venerit, quod praedictum est - ecce enim venit - tunc scient quod prophetes fuerit inter eos".
King James Version
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.