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However, if you warn the wicked to turn from his behavior[a] and he does not do so, he will die in his guilt, and you will have saved yourself.”[b]

God Hates the Death of the Wicked

10 “‘Now, Son of Man, tell this to the house of Israel:

‘You keep saying, “Our crimes and sins burden us so much that we’re rotting away, so how can we keep on living?”’

11 “Tell them, ‘As certainly as I’m alive and living,’ declares the Lord God, ‘I receive no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Instead, my pleasure is that the wicked repent from their behavior[c] and live. Turn back! Turn back, all of you, from your wicked behavior! Why do you have to die, you house of Israel?’”

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  1. Ezekiel 33:9 Lit. way
  2. Ezekiel 33:9 Lit. have rescued your soul
  3. Ezekiel 33:11 Lit. way