16 Aug 2008
The word of the LORD came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, â€œThe parents have eaten sour grapes, and the childrenâ€™s teeth are set on edgeâ€? As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.
If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and rightâ€” if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighborâ€™s wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period, does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not take advance or accrued interest, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between contending parties, follows my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances, acting faithfullyâ€”such a one is righteous; he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD.
If he has a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, takes advance or accrued interest; shall he then live? He shall not. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.