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Ezekiel 18:1-7 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 The word of ADONAI came to me: 2 "What does it mean, that you keep quoting this proverb in the land of Isra'el 'When parents eat sour grapes, their children's teeth are set on edge'? 3 "As I live," says Adonai ELOHIM, "I swear that you will never again quote this proverb in Isra'el. 4 Look, all lives belong to me - both the parent's life and the child's life are equally mine - so it is the person who sins, himself, who must die. 5 "Consider someone who is righteous, who does what is lawful and right. 6 He doesn't eat on the mountains or raise his eyes toward the idols of the house of Isra'el; he doesn't defile his neighbor's wife or touch a woman during her time of menstrual impurity; 7 he doesn't wrong anyone; he returns any pledged property a debtor has given as collateral for a loan; he takes nothing by robbery, but gives his food to the hungry and clothing to those who need it;
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