God’s servants are required to proclaim His Word faithfully.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 3:12-27

ESV Text: Ezekiel 3:12-27


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:32 and ends at about 4:34

12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.

     16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

     22 And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. 24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: 26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover: for they are a rebellious house. 27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 493:
Thou Who the Night in Prayer Didst Spend

— Organ Audio


1. Thou who the night in prayer didst spend 
And then didst Thine apostles send 
And bidd’st us pray the harvest’s Lord 
To send forth sowers of Thy Word, 
Hear and Thy chosen servants bless 
With sev’nfold gifts of holiness. 

2. Oh, may Thy pastors faithful be, 
Not lab’ring for themselves, but Thee! 
Give grace to feed with wholesome food 
The sheep and lambs bought by Thy blood, 
To tend Thy flock, and thus to prove 
How dearly they the Shepherd love. 

3. Oh, may Thy people faithful be 
And in Thy pastors honor Thee 
And with them work and for them pray 
And gladly Thee in them obey, 
Receive the prophet of the Lord 
And gain the prophet’s own reward! 

4. So may we when our work is done 
Together stand before Thy throne 
And joyful hearts and voices raise 
In one united song of praise, 
With all the bright celestial host, 
To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.