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God sets Ezekiel as a watchman for Israel; Ezekiel prophesies over Egypt, Edom, and the ‘bad’ shepherds of Israel, then he promises a good Shepherd and restoration to Israel: Ezekiel 32:1–33:20; 34–36

Distraught at the loss of Jerusalem, the Judeans (aka Israel) were simultaneously blaming God (vs. 33:17) while accepting they were wasting away because of their sins (vs. 33:10).

God’s answer, through Ezekiel, sounds like something He’d said before:

Ezekiel 33:18-19 For again I say, when righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and turn to evil, they will die. But if wicked people turn from their wickedness and do what is just and right, they will live.