Ezekiel 2 – “God Summons Ezekiel”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
God urges Ezekiel to rebuke the people and gives him a scroll of lamentations to eat.

II. Photo
God calls upon Ezekiel to stay resolute: “Though thistles and thorns press against you, and you sit upon scorpions, do not be afraid of their words and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed!” (v. 6b)

III. Important Verses
1-2: And He said to me, “O mortal, stand up on your feet that I may speak to you.” As He spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet; and I heard what was being spoken to me.
6-7: “And you, mortal, do not fear them and do not fear their words, though thistles and thorns press against you, and you sit upon scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words and do not be dismayed by them, though they are a rebellious breed; but speak My words to them, whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.
8-10: “And you, mortal, heed what I say to you: Do not be rebellious like that rebellious breed. Open your mouth and eat what I am giving you.” As I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me, holding a written scroll. He unrolled it before me, and it was inscribed on both the front and the back; on it were written lamentations, dirges, and woes.

IV. Outline
1-2. God’s spirit sets Ezekiel on his feet
3-5. Ezekiel is to speak to brazen Israel
6-7. God encourages Ezekiel to have no fear
8. God warns Ezekiel not to disobey him
9-10. God gives Ezekiel a scroll to eat

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Allen, Leslie C. “Ezekiel 1-19” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 28 (Waco, Texas: Wordbook, 1994).
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Hals, Ronald M. “Ezekiel” The forms of the Old Testament Literature vol. 19 (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1989)
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