Ezekiel 18:1-7 (The Message)

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1 God's Message to me: 2 "What do you people mean by going around the country repeating the saying, The parents ate green apples, The children got stomachache? 3 "As sure as I'm the living God, you're not going to repeat this saying in Israel any longer. 4 Every soul - man, woman, child - belongs to me, parent and child alike. You die for your own sin, not another's. 5 "Imagine a person who lives well, treating others fairly, keeping good relationships - 6 doesn't eat at the pagan shrines, doesn't worship the idols so popular in Israel, doesn't seduce a neighbor's spouse, doesn't indulge in casual sex, 7 doesn't bully anyone, doesn't pile up bad debts, doesn't steal, doesn't refuse food to the hungry, doesn't refuse clothing to the ill-clad,
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