Ezekiel 18:1-6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 God's Message to me: 1 The word of the LORD came 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? 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'?
3 "As sure as I'm the living God, you're not going to repeat this saying in Israel any longer. 3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.
4 Every soul - man, woman, child - belongs to me, parent and child alike. You die for your own sin, not another's. 4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.
5 "Imagine a person who lives well, treating others fairly, keeping good relationships - 5 "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.
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, 6 He does not eat at the mountain shrines or look to the idols of the house of Israel. He does not defile his neighbor's wife or lie with a woman during her period.