Ezekiel 18:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 "But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:1 15 "He does not eat at the mountain shrines2 or look to the idols3 of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife. 16 He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry4 and provides clothing for the naked.5 17 He withholds his hand from sina and takes no usury or excessive interest. He keeps my laws6 and follows my decrees. He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people. 19 "Yet you ask, 'Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live.7 20 The soul who sins is the one who will die.8 The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.9 21 "But if10 a wicked man turns away from all the sins he has committed and keeps all my decrees11 and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.12 22 None of the offenses he has committed will be remembered against him. Because of the righteous things he has done, he will live.13 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased14 when they turn from their ways and live?15 24 "But if a righteous man turns16 from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness17 he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die.18
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