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The Parable of the Watchman
The responsibility of the watchman is described in the parable of Ezekiel 33:16. In the parable, the nation occupying the land is the object of divine retribution and the invading army is the instrument of punishment. The watchman's responsibility is to sound the alarm the moment he sees the enemy approaching or receives word of a threat from the enemy. If he fails to warn the people and someone is killed in the invasion, the watchman is held responsible.
The watchman of the parable is compared with the prophet Ezekiel and his God-given commission to serve as "a watchman for the house of Israel."
Just as the watchman of the parable was to issue a warning when he saw approaching enemy forces, Ezekiel was to warn the wicked among his people of the certainty of death if they failed to turn from their sinful ways.