Ezekiel 18:1-11 NIV

The Soul Who Sins Will Die

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

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      2 "What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: " 'The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?1

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      3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb2 in Israel.

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      4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins3 is the one who will die.4

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      5 "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.
      6 He does not eat at the mountain5 shrines or look to the idols6 of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or lie with a woman during her period.7

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      7 He does not oppress8 anyone, but returns what he took in pledge9 for a loan. He does not commit robbery10 but gives his food to the hungry11 and provides clothing for the naked.12

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      8 He does not lend at usury or take excessive interest.a13 He withholds his hand from doing wrong and judges fairly14 between man and man.

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        • a 18:8 - Or "take interest "; similarly in verses 13 and 17
          9 He follows my decrees15 and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous;16 he will surely live,17 declares the Sovereign LORD.

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          10 "Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood18 or does any of these other thingsb

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            • b 18:10 - Or "things to a brother"
              11 (though the father has done none of them): "He eats at the mountain shrines.19 He defiles his neighbor's wife.

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