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

 
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1 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying: 1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "What do you mean by using this saying about the land of Israel: 'The parents have eaten sour grapes, and that caused the children to grind their teeth from the sour taste'? 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 surely as I live, says the Lord God, this is true: You will not use this saying in Israel anymore. 3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.
4 Every living thing belongs to me. The life of the parent is mine, and the life of the child is mine. The person who sins is the one who will die. 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 "Suppose a person is good and does what is fair and right. 5 "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.
6 He does not eat at the mountain places of worship. He does not look to the idols of Israel for help. He does not have sexual relations with his neighbor's wife or with a woman during her time of monthly bleeding. 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.