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“Suppose a man is righteous. He practices what is just and right, does not eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains[a] or pray to the idols[b] of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not approach a woman for marital relations[c] during her period, does not oppress anyone, but gives the debtor back whatever was given in pledge,[d] does not commit robbery,[e] but gives his bread to the hungry and clothes the naked,

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 18:6 tn Heb “on the mountains he does not eat.” The mountains are often mentioned as the place where idolatrous sacrifices were eaten (Ezek 20:28; 22:9; 34:6).
  2. Ezekiel 18:6 tn Heb “does not lift up his eyes.” This refers to looking to idols for help.
  3. Ezekiel 18:6 tn The expression קָרַב אֶל (qarav ʾel) means “draw near to” or “approach,” but is also used as a euphemism for the intended purpose of sexual relations (Lev 18:14; Deut 22:14; Isa 8:3).
  4. Ezekiel 18:7 tn Heb “restores to the debtor his pledge.” The root occurs in Exod 22:25 in reference to restoring a man’s garment as a pledge before nightfall.
  5. Ezekiel 18:7 tn The Hebrew term refers to seizure of property, usually by the rich (Isa 3:14; 10:2; Mic 2:2; see Lev 5:21, 22 HT [6:2, 3 ET]).

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