1The voice said, “Son of man, stand up and I will speak with you.” 2Then a wind came and lifted me up on my feet. And I listened to the one ˻(God)˼ that spoke to me. 3He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to speak to the family of Israel. Those people turned against me many times. And their ancestors turned against me. They have sinned against me many times—and they are still sinning against me today. 4I am sending you to speak to those people. But they are very stubborn. They are very hard headed. But you must speak to those people. You must say, 'The Lord our Master says these things.’ 5But those people won’t listen to you. They won’t stop sinning against me. Why? Because they are a very rebellious people—they always turn against me! But you must say those things so they will know that there is a prophet living among them. 6“Son of man, don’t be afraid of those people. Don’t be afraid of the things they say. It is true, they will turn against you and try to hurt you. They will be like thorns. You will think you are living with scorpions. But don’t be afraid of the things they say. They are a rebellious people. But don’t be afraid of them. 7You must tell them the things I say. I know they won’t listen to you. And they won’t stop sinning against me! Why? Because they are a rebellious people. 8“Son of man, you must listen to the things I say to you. Don’t turn against me like those rebellious people. Open your mouth and ˻accept the words I give you and then speak those words to the people˼. Eat these words.” 9Then I ˻(Ezekiel)˼ saw an arm reach out towards me. It was holding a scroll with words written on it. 10I rolled the scroll open and there were words written on the front and on the back. There were all kinds of sad songs, sad stories, and warnings.