18 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2 “What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying,
‘The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children’s teeth [a]are set on edge’?
3 As I live,” declares the Lord [b]God, “you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore.4 Behold, all [c]souls are Mine; the [d]soul of the father as well as the [e]soul of the son is Mine. The [f]soul who sins will die.
5 “But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness,6 and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period—7 if a man does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, does not commit robbery, butgives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing,8 if he does not lend money on interest or take increase, if he keeps his hand from iniquity andexecutes true justice between man and man,9 if he walks in My statutes and My ordinances so as to deal faithfully—he is righteous and will surely live,” declares the Lord God.
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