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Ezekiel 18:5

5 “Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.

Read Ezekiel 18:5 Using Other Translations

But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,
"If a man is righteous and does what is just and right--
“Suppose a certain man is righteous and does what is just and right.

What does Ezekiel 18:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ezekiel 18:5

But if a man be just
Not legally, as to be wholly free from sin, for there is no such just man, ( Ecclesiastes 7:20 ) ; but evangelically, through the imputation of the righteousness of Christ unto him; and who has a principle of grace and holiness wrought in him; a man of a just principle and good conscience; who is disposed by the grace of God to that which is just and right; for this seems to refer to the inward frame of the mind, as distinct from actions, and as the source of them, as follows: and do that which is lawful and right;
or "judgment" F3 and "justice"; true judgment and justice, as the Targum; that which is just and right by the law of God, and is so between man and man; the particulars of which follow:


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (hqduw jpvm) "judiciam et justitiam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus
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