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Ezekiel 33:6-16 (New International Version)

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6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.'1 7 "Son of man, I have made you a watchman2 for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.3 8 When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,4' and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die fora his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.5 9 But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so,6 he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.7 10 "Son of man, say to the house of Israel, 'This is what you are saying: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away8 because ofb them. How then can we live?9" ' 11 Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.10 Turn!11 Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?'12 12 "Therefore, son of man, say to your countrymen,13 'The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys, and the wickedness of the wicked man will not cause him to fall when he turns from it. The righteous man, if he sins, will not be allowed to live because of his former righteousness.'14 13 If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.15 14 And if I say to the wicked man, 'You will surely die,' but he then turns away from his sin and does what is just16 and right-- 15 if he gives back what he took in pledge17 for a loan, returns what he has stolen,18 follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die.19 16 None of the sins20 he has committed will be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he will surely live.21
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