God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.
Ezekiel 18:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 18:2 What occasion have, ye, to be using this proverb, concerning the soil of Israel, saying,Fathers, eat sour grapes, And, the children's teeth, are blunted? Ezekiel 18:3 As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Surely ye shall have occasion no longer to use this proverb, in Israel. Ezekiel 18:4 Lo! as for all persons, mine, they are, As, the person of the father, so, also the person of the son, mine, they are,The person that sinneth, the same, shall die.
He sheweth how he dealeth with a just father:
Ezekiel 18:5 But, when, any man, shall be righteous,and do justice and righteousness: Ezekiel 18:6 Upon the mountains, hath not eaten, And, his eyes, hath not lifted up unto the manufactured gods of the house of Israel, And, the wife of his neighbour, hath not defiled, And, unto a woman during her removal, hath not approached; Ezekiel 18:7 And, no man, hath treated with violence, But, his debt-pledge, hath restored, Plunder, hath not seized,His breadto the famished, hath given, And, the naked, hath covered with clothing; Ezekiel 18:8 Upon interest, hath not put out [his money], And, increase, hath not accepted, From dishonesty, hath turned back his hand,Justice, in truth, hath done, between man and man; Ezekiel 18:9 In my statutes, hath walked, And, my regulations, hath observed, to do them in truth, Righteous, he is, He shall, surely live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.
with a wicked son of a just father:
Ezekiel 18:10 But he hath begotten a son, Who is a violent man, A shedder of blood,Who doeth the like of any of these things; Ezekiel 18:11 Whereas, he, none of those other things, doeth, For indeed, upon the mountains, he hath eaten, And, the wife of his neighbour, hath defiled; Ezekiel 18:12 The oppressed and the needy, hath treated with violence, Hath ruthlessly plundered, The pledge, hath not restored, But, unto the manufactured gods, hath lifted up his eyes, Abomination, hath wrought; Ezekiel 18:13 Upon interest, hath put out, And, increase, hath accepted,And shall he, live? He shall not live, All these abominations, he hath done, He shall, surely be put to death, His blood, upon himself, shall be.
with a just son of a wicked father:
Ezekiel 18:14 But lo! he hath begotten a son, Who hath considered all the sins of his father, which he hath done,Yea he hath considered, and not done like them: Ezekiel 18:15 Upon the mountains, hath not eaten, And, his eyes, hath not lifted up unto the manufactured gods of the house of Israel, The wife of his neighbour, hath not defiled; Ezekiel 18:16 And, no man, hath he treated with violence, Hath, by no means withholden the pledge, And, plunder, hath not seized,His breadto the famished, hath given, And, the naked, hath covered with clothing; Ezekiel 18:17 From dishonesty, hath turned back his hand, Neither interest nor increase, hath accepted, my regulations, hath executed, In my statutes, hath walked,He, shall not die for the iniquity of his father, He shall, surely live. Ezekiel 18:18 His father, Because he exacted unjust gain, Seized plunder of a brother, And, that which was not good, had done in the midst of his people, Therefore lo! he died, in his iniquity.
with a wicked man repenting:
Ezekiel 18:19 Will ye then say, Why, hath not the son, borne a part of the iniquity of the father? But, the son, hath done, justice and righteousness, All my statutes, hath observed and done them, He shall, surely live. Ezekiel 18:20 The person that sinneth, the same, shall die,A, son, shall not bear a part of the iniquity of, the father, Neither shall, a father, bear a part of the iniquity of the son, the righteousness of the righteous, upon himself, shall be, And, the lawlessness of a lawless man, upon himself, shall be. Ezekiel 18:21 But, as for the lawless manWhen he shall turn back from all his sins which he hath committed, And observe all my statutes, And do justice and righteousness, He shall, surely live, He shall not die: Ezekiel 18:22 None of his transgressions which he hath committed, shall be remembered against him,In his righteousness which he hath done, he shall live. Ezekiel 18:23 Could I take, delight, in the death of the lawless? Demandeth My Lord, Yahweh. Must it not be in his turning from his ways [in which case] he shall live?
with a just man revolting.
Ezekiel 18:24 But, when a righteous man, shall turn away, from his righteousness and do that which is perverse, Shall do, according to all the abominations which the lawless man hath done, Shall he, live? None of his righteous acts which he hath done, shall be remembered, In his treachery wherein he hath been treacherous, And in his sin wherein he hath sinned, In them, shall he, die.
He defendeth his justice,
Ezekiel 18:25 Can ye then sayThe way of My Lord, will not be equal? Hear, I pray you, O house of Israel, Will, my way, not be equal? Will not, your ways, be unequal? Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous man, shall turn away, from his righteousness and do that which is perverse, and die because of those things, In his own perversity which he hath done, shall he die. Ezekiel 18:27 But, when a lawless man, turneth away, from his lawlessness which he hath done, And hath done justice and righteousness, He, shall save, his own soul, alive: Ezekiel 18:28 When he considered, then he turned away from all his transgressions, which he had committed, He shall, surely live, He shall not die. Ezekiel 18:29 Can the house of Israel then say,The way of My Lord, will not be equal? Will, my ways, not be equal, O house of Israel? Will not, your ways, be unequal? Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore, Every man according to his own ways, will I judge you, O house of Israel, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Return yeand make good your returnfrom all your transgressions, That they become not unto you a stumbling-block of iniquity.
and exhorteth to repentance.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast off from you, all your transgressions which ye have committed against me, And make you a new heart; And a new spirit,For why, should ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:32 For I cannot take delight in the death of him that dieth, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Make good your return then, and, live!