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Telabib, or Tel-abib, from the Hebrew meaning a hill of grain, was a city in Babylon (not to be confused with Tel-aviv, the city in Israel - see Joppa) where Ezekiel The Prophet lived among the people of Judah who had been exiled there after the fall of their nation (see Why Babylon?, also The Galilee Captivity).

"I came to them of the captivity at Telabib"

River Scene It was at Telabib that Ezekiel was given many of the prophecies that he was to record:

"Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith The Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.

"Then the Spirit [see The Holy Ghost] took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of The Lord from his place. I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of The Lord was strong upon me. Then I came to them of the captivity at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days."

"And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of The Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul [see Where Is Your Soul?]."

"Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:12-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Did The Lord say that He would sift the people of Israel through all nations like grain? (b) Did He also say that He would bring them home again?
(a) Amos 9:9 (b) See The Gathering of Israel and Judah, also Spiritual and Physical Gatherings

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