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Ezekiel 2:1-3:3 – The Call of the Prophet and the Scroll


God calls and commissions Ezekiel with a divine word for Israel. As a part of this, in a vision God gives the prophet a scroll to eat.


The passage actually begins with 1:28. The prophet hears a voice calling him and is filled with the Holy Spirit. God sends Ezekiel to the people in exile, and he must speak the words that God gives him. The Lord tells him not to be afraid, but to prophesy "whether they hear or refuse to hear, for they are a rebellious house" (v. 7). In a vision, Ezekiel sees God hand him a scroll filled with words of doom: "lamentation and mourning and woe." These words which God puts inside of the prophet he must deliver to Israel. The scroll tastes sweet, because this is the word of the Lord (compare Psalm 119:103).

Ezekiel 2:1-3:3

The Vision of the Scroll

2He said to me: O mortal,* stand up on your feet, and I will speak with you. 2And when he spoke to me, a spirit entered into me and set me on my feet; and I heard him speaking to me. 3He said to me, Mortal, I am sending you to the people of Israel, to a nation* of rebels who have rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have transgressed against me to this very day. 4The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ 5Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them. 6And you, O mortal, do not be afraid of them, and do not be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns surround you and you live among scorpions; do not be afraid of their words, and do not be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7You shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they are a rebellious house.

But you, mortal, hear what I say to you; do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. 9I looked, and a hand was stretched out to me, and a written scroll was in it. 10He spread it before me; it had writing on the front and on the back, and written on it were words of lamentation and mourning and woe.

3He said to me, O mortal, eat what is offered to you; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel. 2So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. 3He said to me, Mortal, eat this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it. Then I ate it; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey.

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