Deuteronomy 24:16

“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The fathers shall not bee put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: euery man shall be put to death for his owne sinne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Fathers shall not be put to death for {their} sons, nor shall sons be put to death for {their} fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Fathers are not to be put to death for their children or children for their fathers: every man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.
- Basic English Bible

The fathers shall not be put to death for the sons, neither shall the sons be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
- Darby Bible

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
- Webster's Bible

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
- World English Bible

`Fathers are not put to death for sons, and sons are not put to death for fathers -- each for his own sin, they are put to death.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 24:16


24:16 Not put to death - If the one be free from the guilt of the others sin, except in those cases where the sovereign Lord of life and death, before whom none is innocent, hath commanded it, as #Deu 13:1 |- 18 Jos 7:24. For though God do visit the father's sins upon the children, #Exo 20:5|, yet he will not suffer men to do so.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 24

  • BSP
    Verse 14: This principle can be applied in regards to how an employer should treat his or her employees.
  • Insight777
    V7, at first glance this may seem like death for kidnapping a Jew and using him. However brethren can mean workers of the same profession. Jews worked among and with Gentiles.
    This could reference what they consider inequitable business practice.
  • Irene123
    Deut.24:4 and Jer.3:1; They 'seem' contradictory, and even hypocritical, but God's word does NOT contradict itself. So, we read Isa.1:18 and we pray for His guidance into the sense of them. WE know God took His whoring people back time and time again. So, there is a reasonable explanation for these 2 verses. What it is - I don't know and it's not that important to me.
  • Remiel
    Deut 1- 4 means excatly what it says. The woman cannot divorce the husband, according to the law, which is why it says the man hand her a bill of divorce and send her out. If she marrys again she has become defiled, its the same as adultry, basically in The Most High words their is no divorce you are techically married until death or by being defiled. Willful sin and you wont enter the kingdom.
  • GeraldineCole
    I am speaking on verse 4 in this chapter this means if u devorce your first huband and get married to another man this is telling us u may not go back to your formal huband because now u have defiled your self with another man .so a lot of women have defiled them self.now if the women had separate from her huband and had not slept with another man then she could return to her huband Amen
  • Dewey J
    Sherry, John 1:17 says, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Ro.8:2 says, For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hast made me free from the law of sin and death. Therefore, by the death of Jesus Christ and the grace of almighty God through Jesus your marriage is legitimate in God,s sight. Glory be to Jehovah through our Lord and savior
    Jesus Christ

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