A False Proverb Refuted

18 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 (A)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 (B)Mine;
The soul of the father
As well as the soul of the son is Mine;
(C)The soul who sins shall die.

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25 “Yet you say, (A)‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair? 26 (B)When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. 27 Again, (C)when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive. 28 Because he (D)considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 (E)Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?

30 (F)“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says the Lord God. (G)“Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. 31 (H)Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a (I)new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? 32 For (J)I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and (K)live!”

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