God’s goal (and ours) is to show the wicked Christ’s love and to lead them from impenitence and unbelief to faith.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 33:1-11

ESV Text: Ezekiel 33:1-11

Ezekiel 33:1–11 (Listen)

Ezekiel Is Israel’s Watchman

33:1 The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.

“So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

Why Will You Die, Israel?

10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’ 11 Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 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?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 325:
O Thou That Hear’st When Sinners Cry

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Thou that hear’st when sinners cry 
Though all my crimes before Thee lie, 
Behold them not with angry look, 
But blot their memory from Thy book. 

2. Create my nature pure within 
And form my soul averse to sin; 
Let Thy good Spirit ne’er depart 
Nor hide Thy presence from my heart. 

3. I cannot live without Thy light, 
Cast out and banish from Thy sight; 
Thy holy joys, my God, restore 
And guard me that I fall no more. 

4. Though I have grieved Thy Spirit, Lord, 
His help and comfort still afford 
And let me now come near Thy throne 
To plead the merits of Thy Son. 

5. A broken heart, my God, my King, 
Is all the sacrifice I bring. 
Look down, O Lord, with pitying eye 
And save the soul condemned to die. 

6. Oh, may Thy love inspire my tongue 
Salvation shall be all my song; 
And all my powers shall join to bless 
The Lord, my Strength and Righteousness. 


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