The word of the LORD came to me again:
"What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'?
As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.
"If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right--
if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman in her time of impurity,
does not oppress any one, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,
does not lend at interest or take any increase, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between man and man,
walks in my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances--he is righteous, he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.
"If he begets a son who is a robber, a shedder of blood,
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