God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.
Ezekiel 18:1 And the word of ye LORD came vnto me againe, saying; Ezekiel 18:2 What meane ye that yee vse this prouerbe concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers haue eaten sowre grapes, and the childrens teeth are set on edge? Ezekiel 18:3 As I liue, saith the Lord GOD, yee shall not haue [occasion] any more to vse this prouerbe in Israel. Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all soules are mine, as the soule of the father, so also the soule of the sonne is mine: the soule that sinneth, it shall die.
He sheweth how he dealeth with a just father:
Ezekiel 18:5 But if a man be iust, and do that which is lawfull and right: Ezekiel 18:6 And hath not eaten vpon the mountaines, neither hath lift vp his eyes to the idoles of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbours wife, neither hath come neere to a menstruous woman, Ezekiel 18:7 And hath not oppressed any, [but] hath restored to the debtourhis pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath giuen his bread to the hungrie, and hath couered the naked with a garment, Ezekiel 18:8 He [that] hath not giuen foorth vpon vsurie, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawen his hand from iniquitie, hath executed true iudgement betweene man and man, Ezekiel 18:9 Hath walked in my Statutes, and hath kept my Iudgements to deale truely; hee [is] iust, hee shall surely liue, saith the Lord GOD.
with a wicked son of a just father:
Ezekiel 18:10 If hee beget a sonne that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doth the like to any one of these things, Ezekiel 18:11 And that doeth not any of those [duties], bnt euen hath eaten vpon the mountains, and defiled his neighbours wife, Ezekiel 18:12 Hath oppressed the poore and needie, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lift vp his eyes to the idoles, hath committed abomination, Ezekiel 18:13 Hath giuen foorth vpon vsurie, and hath taken encrease: shall he then liue? hee shall not liue: hee hath done all these abominations, hee shall surely die, his blood shalbe vpon him.
with a just son of a wicked father:
Ezekiel 18:14 Now loe, [if] hee beget a sonne that seeth all his fathers sinnes which he hath done, and considereth, and doth not such like, Ezekiel 18:15 [That] hath not eaten vpon the mountaines, neither hath lift vp his eyes to the idoles of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbours wife, Ezekiel 18:16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, [but] hath giuen his bread to the hungry, and hath couered the naked with a garment, Ezekiel 18:17 [That] hath taken off his hand from the poore, [that] hath not receiued vsurie nor increase, hath executed my Iudgements, hath walked in my Statutes, he shall not die for the iniquitie of his father, he shall surely liue. Ezekiel 18:18 As for his father, because hee cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which [is] not good among his people, loe, euen he shall die in his iniquitie.
with a wicked man repenting:
Ezekiel 18:19 Yet say yee, Why? doeth not the sonne beare the iniquitie of the father? when the sonne hath done that which is lawfull and right, [and] hath kept all my Statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely liue. Ezekiel 18:20 The soule that sinneth, it shal die: the sonne shall not beare the iniquitie of the father, neither shal the father beare the iniquitie of the sonne; the righteousnesse of the righteous shall bee vpon him, and the wickednesse of the wicked shalbe vpon him. Ezekiel 18:21 But if the wicked will turne from all his sinnes that he hath committed and keepe all my statutes, and doe that which is lawful and right, he shall surely liue, he shall not die. Ezekiel 18:22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned vnto him: in his righteousnesse, that he hath done, he shall liue. Ezekiel 18:23 Haue I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die, saith the Lord GOD? [And] not that he should returne from his wayes, and liue?
with a just man revolting.
Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away fro his righteousnes, & committeth iniquitie, [and] doth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doth, shall he liue? all his righteousnesse that he hath done, shall not be mentioned: in his trespasse that he hath trespassed, and in his sinne that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
He defendeth his justice,
Ezekiel 18:25 Yet yee say; The way of the Lord is not equall. Heare now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equall? are not your wayes vnequall? Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousnesse, & committeth iniquitie, and dieth in them; for his iniquitie that he hath done, shall he die. Ezekiel 18:27 Againe, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickednesse that he hath committed, and doth that which is lawfull and right, he shall saue his soule aliue. Ezekiel 18:28 Because he considereth and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely liue, he shall not die. Ezekiel 18:29 Yet saith the house of Israel; The way of the Lord is not equall. O house of Israel, are not my wayes equall? are not your wayes vnequall? Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will iudge you, O house of Israel, euery one according to his wayes, saith the Lord GOD; repent, and turne your selues from all your transgressions: so iniquitie shall not be your ruine.
and exhorteth to repentance.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, wherby yee haue transgressed, and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will yee die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:32 For I haue no pleasure in ye death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turne your selues, & liue ye.