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1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,

7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these things,

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife,

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,

16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,

17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

25 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

 


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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 18 Bible commentary...



God has no respect of persons. (1-20) The Divine providence is vindicated. (21-29) A gracious invitation to repentance. (30-32)1-20 The soul that sinneth it shall die. As to eternity, every man was, is, and will be dealt with, as his conduct shows him to have been under the old covenant of works, or the new covenant of grace. Whatever outward sufferings come upon men through the sins of others, they deserve for their own sins all they suffer; and the Lord overrules every event for the eternal good of believers. All souls are in the hand of the great Creator: he will deal with them in justice or mercy; nor will any perish for the sins of another, who is not in some sense worthy of death for his own. We all have sinned, and our souls must be lost, if God deal with us according to his holy law; but we are invited to come to Christ. If a man who had shown his faith by his works, had a wicked son, whose character and conduct were the reverse of his parent's, could it be expected he should escape the Divine vengeance on account of his father's piety? Surely not. And should a wicked man have a son who walked before God as righteous, this man would not perish for his father's sins. If the son was not free from evils in this life, still he should be partaker of salvation. The question here is not about the meritorious ground of justification, but about the Lord's dealings with the righteous and the wicked.

21-29 The wicked man would be saved, if he turned from his evil ways. The true penitent is a true believer. None of his former transgressions shall be mentioned unto him, but in the righteousness which he has done, as the fruit of faith and the effect of conversion, he shall surely live. The question is not whether the truly righteous ever become apostates. It is certain that many who for a time were thought to be righteous, do so, while ver. #26,27| speaks the fulness of pardoning mercy: when sin is forgiven, it is blotted out, it is remembered no more. In their righteousness they shall live; not for their righteousness, as if that were an atonement for their sins, but in their righteousness, which is one of the blessings purchased by the Mediator. What encouragement a repenting, returning sinner has to hope for pardon and life according to this promise! In verse #28| is the beginning and progress of repentance. True believers watch and pray, and continue to the end, and they are saved. In all our disputes with God, he is in the right, and we are in the wrong.

30-32 The Lord will judge each of the Israelites according to his ways. On this is grounded an exhortation to repent, and to make them a new heart and a new spirit. God does not command what cannot be done, but admonishes us to do what is in our power, and to pray for what is not. Ordinances and means are appointed, directions and promises are given, that those who desire this change may seek it from God.

 


Recent Comments for Ezekiel Chapter 18...

 


Jennifer's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 10/25/2014, 7:40pm...

Well, you must be born again.and when you have the holy spirit of God living inside your soul...not your fleshly carnal mind,you realize the need of a savior Jesus Christ as your atonement to God the Father. Don 't take it in part. But the whole word of God. The Bible also states, if you say you have no sin you make God a liar and the truth is not in you. And my little children I write unto you that you sin not but if you do sin you have an advocate with the Father....Jesus Christ..who is faithful and just to forgive them if you confess them to him

 


Brianna's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 23 on 9/08/2014, 6:44am...

Many people paint Jehovah God as cruel, setting us up to fail in life to receive everlasting punishment. This scripture states the contrary. He doesn 't take delight in the death of a wicked person. He prefers that someone practices what is right, and continues on living. This shows that GOD IS LOVE.

 


Robert's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 8/22/2014, 2:33am...

To Roberto that said he is a fallen Christian. The Lord God can still help you. However you must go to him with truth in your heart that you want to change. Tell him of the sin in your life and be sure to name the sin. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and turn from those ways. Also when you find yourself being tempted go to the Lord in prayer sincerely and again name that sin tempting you by name. If you are sincere he will strengthen you and help you through it and even give you a way of escape. Yes it really works. Remember we have a fallen nature and we must continue in sincere prayer.

 


Trevor's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 20 on 5/08/2014, 6:29am...

So the soul is MORTAL

 


Max Young Lynn's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment on 4/25/2014, 12:47am...

Any fallen christian can return to the open arms of a loving non judgemental god. We must pray for his way,truth and life. Never become afraid of the word in your sin, he is forever faithful. Learn to love him as he loves you so dearly.

 


Tommy stevenson's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 24 on 2/02/2014, 7:10pm...

it mean just what it says,however i expect those who embrace the false doctrine of once save always to invent their own interpre tation,yes another lie to cover the first one.Such folks will be well advise to note that God himself spoke those words,also remember:I am the Lord I change not

 


Roberto's Ezekiel Chapter 18 comment about verse 24 on 12/30/2013, 4:32am...

I am a fallen christian or believer and having to read this at sunday evening 19:30-30/12/13 i felled
frightnent understanding that I am doomed
This is what the bible meant when many will say: Lord, have I not done great things in thy name.And the Lord will say:Away from me,I had never known you!!!
Manytime I read the bible and it scares the hell out of me!!!
I have a habit of falling into sin where my fonerabillity strengtence each day instead of my salvation thru Christ
And here's the thing: I know for a fact that the End Time which the book of Daniel had prophecist is already at hand
All I could think about is my Doom!!
Anyways that's what i needed to say

 


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