"And you, 1son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: 'Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and 2we rot away because of them. 3How then can we live?'
Say to them, 4As I live, declares the Lord GOD, 5I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; 6turn back, turn back from your evil ways, 7for why will you die, O house of Israel?
128"And you, son of man, say to 9your people, 10The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, 11and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, 12and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousnessa when he sins.
Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet 13if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die.
Again, 14though I say to the wicked, 15'You shall surely die,' yet 16if he turns from his sin and does what is just and right,
if the wicked 17restores the pledge, 18gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks 19in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
1620None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.
"Yet 21your people say, 22'The way of the Lord is not just,' when it is their own way that is not just.
1823When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it.
And 24when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this.
Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' O house of Israel, 25I will judge each of you according to his ways."