1 The One Who Sins Will Die
3 "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. 4 For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die.
10 "Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things[a] 11 (though the father has done none of them): 11 "He eats at the mountain shrines. 11 He defiles his neighbor's wife.
14 "But suppose this son has a son who sees all the sins his father commits, and though he sees them, he does not do such things:
17 He withholds his hand from mistreating the poor 17 and takes no interest or profit from them. 17 He keeps my laws and follows my decrees. 17 He will not die for his father's sin; he will surely live. 18 But his father will die for his own sin, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother and did what was wrong among his people.
19 "Yet you ask, 'Why does the son not share the guilt of his father?' Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, he will surely live. 20 The one who sins is the one who will die. The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them.
21 "But if the wicked turn away from all the sins they have committed and keep all my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live; they will not die. 22 None of the offenses they have committed will be remembered against them. Because of the righteous things they have done, they will live. 23 Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign Lord. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?
24 "But if the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit sin and do the same detestable things the wicked do, will they live? None of the righteous things they have done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.
25 "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear, house of Israel: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is just and right, they will save their lives. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, they will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Are my ways unjust, house of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust?
30 "Therefore, house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, house of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!