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Ezekiel 33:7-9


33:7 “As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman 1  for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you must warn them on my behalf. 33:8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you must certainly die,’ 2  and you do not warn 3  the wicked about his behavior, 4  the wicked man will die for his iniquity, but I will hold you accountable for his death. 5  33:9 But if you warn the wicked man to change his behavior, 6  and he refuses to change, 7  he will die for his iniquity, but you have saved your own life.

1 sn Jeremiah (Jer 6:17) and Habakkuk (Hab 2:1) also served in the role of a watchman.

2 tn The same expression occurs in Gen 2:17.

3 tn Heb “and you do not speak to warn.”

4 tn Heb “way.”

5 tn Heb “and his blood from your hand I will seek.”

6 tn Heb “from his way to turn from it.”

7 tn Heb “and he does not turn from his way.”

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