Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Ezekiel ~~- chapter 18 of 48 (32 verses.)

Ezekiel 18Wrench

YHVH Won't Punish Children For Parent's Sins
1 Yah's Word The word of YHVH comes [alive] in me again, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
2 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) [YAH] says, โ€œWhat do you mean when you quote this proverb about the land of Israel: โ€˜Fathers eat sour grapes that set the children's teeth on edge?โ€™โ€
Daddy eats green apples; baby gets a stomach-ache.
3 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) Adonai YHVH says, โ€˜As I live, you have no [reason] to chant that analogy in Israel, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
4 Hell (Annihilation) Look: all souls are mine. [I judge] the soul of the father [impartially, like I judge] the soul of the son, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Both are mine. Whoever sins eventually dies.
Do These Things And You Will Live Forever
5 Righteous Actions (Works) So, human[s], just live justly. Do what's lawful and right, ๐Ÿ˜‡.
6 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) Never eat [witchcraft feasts] on the mountains, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Never lift up [your] eyes to the idols of the house of Israel. Never defile [your] neighbor's wife. Never copulate with a menstruating woman.
7 Righteous Actions (Works) Never oppress anyone, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Restore collateral to [even deadbeat] debtors. Never rob. Never be violent. Give [your] bread to hungry [people]. Cover naked [and poorly-clad people] with clothes.
8 Debt And never loan charging high interest rates. Don't take any interest at all, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Withdraw your hand from trickery. Execute honest decisions between [all] people.
Translations like the NIV insert the inaccurate qualifiers: "too much" / "excessive" interest / "usury". ALL interest payments and interest charges are forbidden to Hebrews. The Messiah even says not to ask for your principal back! The CJB is more accurate here: never accept interest. The NRSV is also accurate here: never take advance or accrued interest. The GNT gets close: don't lend money for profit. However, this misses the point: it's not whether you profit or not. It's that interest charges are themselves evil, whether you make or lose money by lending. Interest payments are the seed from which debased currency grows. Practices that make sense in the short-term often produce world-wide problems in the long-term.
9 Righteous Actions (Works) Walk in my statutes, guard my judgments, deal truly, [live] justly. Then [you, ๐Ÿ˜‡,] will surely live,โ€™ promises Adonai YHVH.
10 Crime โ€˜But imagine [a man] fathers a son who [grows up to be] a robber, a shedder of blood, and/or commits some of the aforementioned [sins, ๐Ÿ˜‡].
11 Crime [Imagine that son] neglects [scriptural] duties, and eats [pagan feasts] on the mountains, and defiles his neighbor's wife.
12 Crime [Imagine the son] oppresses poor and needy [people, ๐Ÿ˜‡], violently robs, refuses to return collateral, lifts up his eyes to idols, and commits abomination[s].
13 Guilt [Imagine the wicked son] charges high interest, or just takes interest, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Can [such a sinner] live? [No. I] snuff-out [the money-lender's] life. For all the abominations he commits, he surely dies. His blood-guilt [rests] on him [alone].
High interest charges are robbery. But even small interest charges eventually debase the nation. Unbacked currency normalizes the crime of interest-taking.
If You Do These Things, You'll Live Forever
14 Integrity But now, ๐Ÿ˜‡, imagine that the [wicked son] fathers another son who sees his dad commit all these sins. Then [the son] considers [his way]. So he avoids committing all such [sins].
15 Integrity He avoids eating [wicked feasts] on mountain-shrines, ๐Ÿ˜‡. He never lifts up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel. He never defiles his neighbor's wife.
16 Integrity [The repentant man] never oppresses anyone, ๐Ÿ˜‡. He always returns collateral. He's never violent. He never robs. He gives his food to hungry people. He covers naked [and poorly-dressed] people with clothes.
17 Righteous Actions (Works) He keeps his hands from [oppressing] poor [people]. He never takes interest large nor small. He executes my verdicts. He walks in my statutes. [Such a] man won't die just because his father was evil! [The man of integrity] permanently lives!
Interest charges are wrong, whether they're large or small.
18 Sin (Breaking YAH's Laws) [Death devours] only the father, ๐Ÿ˜‡: the cruel oppressor, the violent man who robs his brother-man, the [jerk] who does evil among his people. He [alone] dies for his evil.
19 Eternal Life So why would you ask if the son bears the [punishment] for his father's evil, ๐Ÿ˜‡? When the son consistently does what's lawful and right, and guards and executes all my statutes, he lives, guaranteed.
20 Guilt ๐Ÿ˜‡, the creature who sins, dies. No son bears the blood-guilt of [his] father. No father bears the [punishment for the] evil of the son. The righteous [man's] goodness stays with him. Similarly, the ruinous being's wickedness sticks to him.
21 Repentance *So, ๐Ÿ˜‡, when a wicked [man] turns from all the sins he's committed, and keeps all my statutes, and does what's lawful and right, he definitely lives. He avoids [eternal] death.
22 Forgiveness If [you really repent,] I won't ever mention to you any of the offenses [you] ever committed, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Through your righteousness, you will live.โ€™
YHVH Forgives Wicked People Who Turn Around
23 Repentance Adonai YHVH asks, โ€œ ๐Ÿ˜‡, do [you think] I get [any] pleasure at all when wicked [people] die? [No. I get pleasure] when [wicked people] turn from their [criminal] ways, and live!
24 Giving Up / Falling Away / Backsliding But when the upright [man] turns away from his righteousness, and wreaks ruin, and copies all the abominations wicked people commit, does he live [forever], ๐Ÿ˜‡? [No. I] never again mention any of the righteous acts the [destroyer previously] committed. His offenses betray him. His error leads him astray. So he dies.
25 Perverting Justice Still you [rogue Israelis whine], โ€˜The way of Adonai isn't equitable.โ€™ Hear now, house of Israel. Is my way unfair!? Isn't it your ways that are unfair?
Mankind establishes โ€˜courts of Equityโ€™ to make the world fair... but that court system fails to bring equity, and the world gets worse and worse.
26 Giving Up / Falling Away / Backsliding When a righteous man swerves off the just path to perpetrate destruction, he dies in [sin, ๐Ÿ˜‡]. The evil he commits brings his [eternal] death.
27 Repentance Conversely, ๐Ÿ˜‡, when the villain turns away from his wicked acts, and does what's lawful and right, he saves his soul. He lives [beyond death].
28 Resurrection Because he considers, and turns away from all his acts of betrayal, he surely survives death.
29 Justice Still, ๐Ÿ˜‡, the house of Israel squawks, โ€˜The way of Adonai isn't fair.โ€™ Hear now, house of Israel. [Stop] saying my way is unfair. Your ways are unfair.โ€
30 Repentance So Adonai YHVH concludes, โ€œI'm judging you, house of Israel. Every one [of you gets] what his life-path merits, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Repent. Turn yourselves from all your [acts of] betrayal. Then evil won't be your ruin.
31 Repentance Cast away [your] rebellious sins, ๐Ÿ˜‡. Make yourself a new heart, a new spirit. Why die, family of Israel?
32 Death For I get no pleasure from the death of anyone who dies,โ€ says Adonai YHVH. โ€œSo turn yourselves [around, ๐Ÿ˜‡], and live!โ€