A message came to me from the Lord. He said,
"You people have a proverb about the land of Israel. What do you mean by it? It says, " 'The parents eat sour grapes. But the children have a bitter taste in their mouths.'
"You will not use that proverb in Israel anymore," announces the LORD and King. "And that is just as sure as I am alive.
Everyone belongs to me. Father and son alike belong to me. People will die because of their own sins.
"Suppose a godly man does what is fair and right.
And he does not eat at the mountain temples. He does not worship the statues of Israel's gods. He does not have sex with another man's wife. He does not make love to his own wife during her monthly period.
He does not treat anyone badly. Instead, he always gives back what he took as security for a loan. He does not steal. Instead, he gives his food to hungry people. He provides clothes for those who are naked.