God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.
Ezekiel 18:1 The worde of þe Lorde came vnto me, on this maner: Ezekiel 18:2 what meane ye by thys comen prouerbe, þt ye vse in the lande of Israel, sayinge: The fathers haue eaten soure grapes, & þe childrens tethe are set on edge: Ezekiel 18:3 As truly as I lyue, sayeth þe Lorde God, ye shall vse this byworde nomore in Israell. Ezekiel 18:4 Beholde all soules are myne. Lyke as þe father is myne, so is þe sonne myne also. The soule þt synneth, shall dye.
He sheweth how he dealeth with a just father:
Ezekiel 18:5 If a man be godly, & do the thinge þt is equall and ryght, Ezekiel 18:6 he eateth not vpon the hylles: he lyfteth not hys eyes vp to þe foule Idols of Israel: he defyleth not his neyghbours wyfe: he medleth wt no menstruous woman: Ezekiel 18:7 he greueth no body: he geueth his detter his pledge agayne, he taketh none other mans good by violence: he parteth his mete wt the hongrye: he clotheth the naked: Ezekiel 18:8 he lendeth nothynge vpon vsury he taketh nothynge ouer: he wythdraweth his hande from doynge wronge: he dealeth faythfully betwixte man & man: Ezekiel 18:9 & walketh in my commaundementes, and kepeth my lawes, & perfourmeth them faythfully: This is a ryghtuous man, he shall surely lyue sayeth the Lorde God.
with a wicked son of a just father:
Ezekiel 18:10 If he nowe gett a sonne, that is a murtherer, a sheder of bloude: yf he do one of these thynges Ezekiel 18:11 (though he do not all) he eateth vpon the hylles: he defyleth his neyghbours wyfe: Ezekiel 18:12 he greueth the poore & nedy: he robbeth & spoyleth: he geueth not þe detter his pledge againe, he lyfteth vp his eyes vnto Idols, & medleth with abhominable thinges: Ezekiel 18:13 he lendeth vpon vsury, & taketh more ouer. Shall this man lyue? He shall not lyue. Seynge he hath done all these abhominacyons, he shall dye, his bloude shalbe vpon him.
with a just son of a wicked father:
Ezekiel 18:14 Nowe yf this man get a sonne also, that seeth all hys fathers synnes, which he hath done: and feareth, nether doth soch lyke: Ezekiel 18:15 Namely, he eateth not vpon the mountaynes: he lyfteth not his eyes vp to þe Idols of Israel: he defyleth not his neyghbours wyfe: Ezekiel 18:16 he vexeth no man: he kepeth no mans pledge: he nether spoyleth, ner robbeth eny man: he dealeth his meate wt the hongrye: he clotheth þe naked: Ezekiel 18:17 he oppresseth not the poore: he receaueth no vsury, ner any thynge ouer: he kepeth my lawes, & walcketh in my commaundementes. This man shall not dye in his fathers synne, but shall lyue without fayle. Ezekiel 18:18 As for his father: because he oppressed & spoyled hys brother, and dyd wyckedly amonge his people: lo, he is deed in his awne synne.
with a wicked man repenting:
Ezekiel 18:19 And yet saye ye: Wherfore then shulde not thys sonne beare his fathers synne? Therfore: because þe sonne hath done equytie & ryght, hath kepte all my commaundementes, & done them: therfore shall he lyue in dede. Ezekiel 18:20 The same soule that synneth, shall dye. The sonne shall not beare the fathers offence, nether shall the father beare þe sonnes offence. The ryghteousnes of þe ryghtuous shall be vpon him, & the wickednes of þe wicked shall be vpon him self also. Ezekiel 18:21 But yf þe vngodly wyll turne awaye from all his synnes þt he hath done, and kepe all my commaundementes, and do the thinge þt is equall and ryght: doutles he shall lyue, and not dye. Ezekiel 18:22 As for all his synnes þt he dyd before, they shall not be thought vpon: but in his righteousnes þt he hath done, he shall lyue. Ezekiel 18:23 For haue I eny pleasure in þe death of a synner, sayeth þe Lord God, but rather þt he conuerte, and lyue?
with a just man revolting.
Ezekiel 18:24 Agayne: yf þe ryghtuous turne awaye from his ryghtuousnes, and do iniquyte, accordynge to all þe abhominacyons, þt the wicked man doth: shall he lyue? All the ryghtuousnes þt he hath done, shall not be thought vpon: but in þe faute that he hath offended withall, and in the synne that he hath done, he shall dye.
He defendeth his justice,
Ezekiel 18:25 And yet ye saye: Tush þe waye of þe Lord is not indifferent. Heare therfore ye house of Israel: Is not my waye ryght? Or, are not youre wayes rather wicked: Ezekiel 18:26 When a ryghtuous man turneth awaye from hys ryghtuousnesse, and medleth wyth vngodlynes: he must dye therin: yee, for the vnrightuousnes that he hath done, must he dye. Ezekiel 18:27 Agayne: when the wycked man turneth awaye from his wickednesse, that he hath done, and doth the thinge which is equall and ryght: he shall saue his soule alyue. Ezekiel 18:28 For in so moch as he remembreth him selfe, & turneth him from all the vngodlynes that he hath vsed, he shall lyue and not dye. Ezekiel 18:29 And yet sayeth the house of Israel: Tush, the waye of the Lorde is not equall. Are my wayes vnryght? O ye house of Israel: Are not youre wayes rather vnequall? Ezekiel 18:30 As for me, I wyll iudge euery man, accordynge to his wayes, O ye house of Israel, sayeth the Lorde God. Wherfore, be conuerted, and turne you cleane from all your wyckednesse, so shall there no synne do you harme.
and exhorteth to repentance.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast awaye from you all youre vngodlynesse, that ye haue done: make you newe hertes and a newe sprete. Wherfore wyll ye dye, O ye house of Israell? Ezekiel 18:32 seynge I haue no pleasure in the death of him þt dyeth, sayeth the Lord God. Turne you then, and ye shall lyue.