He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest.a1 He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly2 between man and man.
He follows my decrees3 and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous;4 he will surely live,5 declares the Sovereign LORD.
"Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood6 or does any of these other thingsb11
(though the father has done none of them): "He eats at the mountain shrines.7 He defiles his neighbor's wife.
He oppresses the poor8 and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge.9 He looks to the idols. He does detestable things.1013
He lends at usury and takes excessive interest.11 Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he will surely be put to death and his blood will be on his own head.1214
"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:1315
"He does not eat at the mountain shrines14 or look to the idols15 of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife.
He does not oppress anyone or require a pledge for a loan. He does not commit robbery but gives his food to the hungry16 and provides clothing for the naked.1717
He withholds his hand from sinc and takes no usury or excessive interest. He keeps my laws18 and follows my decrees. He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live.
But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.