The word of the Lord came to me again, saying,
"What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children's teeth are set on edge'?
"As I live," says the Lord God, "you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.
"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.
But if a man is just And does what is lawful and right;
If he has not eaten on the mountains, Nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, Nor defiled his neighbor's wife, Nor approached a woman during her impurity;
If he has not oppressed anyone, But has restored to the debtor his pledge; Has robbed no one by violence, But has given his bread to the hungry And covered the naked with clothing;
If he has not exacted usury Nor taken any increase, But has withdrawn his hand from iniquity And executed true judgment between man and man;
If he has walked in My statutes And kept My judgments faithfully-- He is just; He shall surely live!" Says the Lord God.