Ezekiel 18:3

3 1As I live, declares the Lord GOD, 2this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.

Ezekiel 18:3 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 18:3

[As] I live, saith the Lord God
This is a form of an oath; the Lord here swears by his life, by himself, because he could swear by no greater, ( Hebrews 6:13 ) ; and it expresses how displeased he was with the above proverb, and how much he resented it, as well as the certainty of what follows; which, it might be depended on, would be assuredly done, since the Lord not only said it, but swore unto it: ye shall not have [occasion] any more to use this proverb in Israel;
signifying that he would no longer defer the execution of his judgments, but immediately bring them upon them; so that or the future there would be no use of the proverb; no occasion to make mention of it in the next generation; and, moreover, that he would make it so manifest to themselves and others, by his dealings with them, that it should be seen, and known, and acknowledged by all, that it was for their own sins and transgressions that they were visited and corrected.

Ezekiel 18:3 In-Context

1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "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'?
3 As I live, declares the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.
4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.
5 "If a man is righteous and does what is just and right--

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Ezekiel 16:48
  • 2. Jeremiah 31:29, 30
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