2 And he said to me: “Stand up, son of dust,[a] and I will talk to you.”
2 And the Spirit entered into me as he spoke, and set me on my feet.
3 “Son of dust,” he said, “I am sending you to the nation of Israel, to a nation rebelling against me. They and their fathers have kept on sinning against me until this very hour. 4 For they are a hard-hearted, stiff-necked people. But I am sending you to give them my messages—the messages of the Lord God. 5 And whether they listen or not (for remember, they are rebels), they will at least know they have had a prophet among them.
6 “Son of dust, don’t be afraid of them; don’t be frightened even though their threats are sharp and barbed and sting like scorpions. Don’t be dismayed by their dark scowls. For remember, they are rebels! 7 You must give them my messages whether they listen or not (but they won’t,[b] for they are utter rebels). 8 Listen, son of dust, to what I say to you. Don’t you be a rebel too! Open your mouth and eat what I give you.”
9-10 Then I looked and saw a hand holding out to me a scroll, with writing on both sides. He unrolled it, and I saw that it was full of warnings and sorrows and pronouncements of doom.
- Ezekiel 2:1 son of dust, or “son of man,” appears eighty-seven times throughout the book of Ezekiel. The connotation is “mortal man.” In Daniel 7:13, the corresponding Aramaic expression is used for the Messiah as representative of the human race of which he is the head.
- Ezekiel 2:7 but they won’t, implied.