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Yahweh’s wordcametomeagain, saying, “Whatdoyou mean, thatyouusethisproverbconcerningthe land ofIsrael, saying,
‘The fathers have eaten sourgrapes,
andthechildren’s teetharesetonedge’?
“AsIlive,” saystheLordYahweh, “youshallnotusethisproverbanymoreinIsrael. Behold, allsoulsare mine; asthesoulofthefather, soalsothesoulofthesonis mine. Thesoulwhosins, heshalldie.
 
“Butifamanisjust,
anddoesthatwhichislawfulandright,
andhasnot eaten onthemountains,
hasn’t lifteduphiseyestotheidolsofthehouseofIsrael,
hasn’t defiledhisneighbor’s wife,
hasn’t comenearawomaninherimpurity,
andhasnotwrongedany,
buthasrestoredtothedebtorhispledge,
hastakennothingbyrobbery,
hasgivenhisbreadtothehungry,
andhascoveredthenakedwitha garment;
hewho hasn’t lent tothemwithinterest,
hasn’t takenanyincreasefromthem,
whohaswithdrawnhishandfrominiquity,
hasexecuted true justicebetween man and man,
haswalkedinmystatutes,
andhaskeptmyordinances,
todealtruly;
heisjust,
heshallsurelylive,” saystheLordYahweh.
 
10 “Ifhefathersasonwhoisarobberwhoshedsblood, andwhodoesanyoneofthese things, 11 orwhodoesnotdoanyofthosethings
buthas eaten atthemountain shrines
anddefiledhisneighbor’s wife,
12 haswrongedthepoorandneedy,
hastakenbyrobbery,
hasnotrestoredthepledge,
andhaslifteduphiseyestotheidols,
hascommittedabomination,
13 has lent withinterest,
andhastakenincreasefromthe poor,
shallhethenlive? Heshallnotlive. Hehasdonealltheseabominations. Heshallsurelydie. Hisbloodwillbeonhim.
14 “Now, behold, ifhefathersasonwhoseesallhisfather’s sinswhichhehasdone, and fears, and doesn’t dolikewise,
15 who hasn’t eaten onthemountains,
hasn’t lifteduphiseyestotheidolsofthehouseofIsrael,
hasn’t defiledhisneighbor’s wife,
16 hasn’t wrongedany,
hasn’t takenanythingtopledge,
hasn’t takenbyrobbery,
buthasgivenhisbreadtothehungry,
andhascoveredthenakedwitha garment;
17 whohaswithdrawnhishandfromthepoor,
who hasn’t receivedinterestorincrease,
hasexecutedmyordinances,
haswalkedinmystatutes;
heshallnotdiefortheiniquityofhis father. Heshallsurelylive. 18 Asforhis father, becausehecruellyoppressed, robbedhis brother, anddidthatwhichisnotgoodamonghispeople, behold, hewilldieinhisiniquity.
19 “Yetyou say, ‘Why doesn’t thesonbeartheiniquityofthefather?’ Whenthesonhasdonethatwhichislawfulandright, andhaskeptallmystatutes, andhasdonethem, hewillsurelylive. 20 Thesoulwhosins, heshalldie. Thesonshallnotbeartheiniquityofthefather, neithershallthefatherbeartheiniquityoftheson. Therighteousnessoftherighteousshallbeonhim, andthewickednessofthewickedshallbeonhim.
21 “Butifthewickedturnsfromallhissinsthathehascommitted, andkeepsallmystatutes, anddoesthatwhichislawfulandright, heshallsurelylive. Heshallnotdie. 22 Noneofhistransgressionsthathehascommittedwillberememberedagainsthim. Inhisrighteousnessthathehasdone, heshalllive. 23 HaveIanypleasureinthedeathofthewicked?” saystheLordYahweh, “andnotratherthatheshouldreturnfromhisway, andlive?
24 “Butwhentherighteousturnsawayfromhisrighteousness, andcommitsiniquity, anddoes according toalltheabominationsthatthewickedmandoes, shouldhelive? Noneofhisrighteousdeedsthathehasdonewillberemembered. Inhistrespassthathehastrespassed, andinhissinthathehassinned, inthemheshalldie.
25 “Yetyousay, ‘Thewayofthe Lord isnotequal.’ Hearnow, houseofIsrael: Ismywaynotequal? Aren’t yourwaysunequal? 26 Whentherighteousmanturnsawayfromhisrighteousness, andcommitsiniquity, anddiesinit, thenhediesinhisiniquitythathehasdone. 27 Again, whenthewickedmanturnsawayfromhiswickednessthathehascommitted, anddoesthatwhichislawfulandright, hewillsavehissoulalive. 28 Becauseheconsiders, andturnsawayfromallhistransgressionsthathehascommitted, heshallsurelylive. Heshallnotdie. 29 YetthehouseofIsrael says, ‘Thewayofthe Lord isnot fair.’ HouseofIsrael, aren’t myways fair? Aren’t yourways unfair?
30 “ThereforeIwilljudgeyou, houseofIsrael, everyone according tohisways,” saystheLordYahweh. “Return, andturnyourselvesfromallyourtransgressions, soiniquitywillnotbeyourruin. 31 Castawayfromyouallyourtransgressionsinwhichyouhavetransgressed; andmakeyourselfanewheartandanewspirit. Forwhywillyoudie, houseofIsrael? 32 ForIhavenopleasureinthedeathofhimwhodies,” saystheLordYahweh. “Thereforeturn yourselves, andlive!