The Bible in Its Traditions

Ezekiel 33:10–20

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10  Therefore, O thou son of man, say unto the house of Israel: Thus ye speak, saying: Our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we pine away in them; how then can we live?

11  Say unto them: As I live, saith YHWH GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

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12  And thou, son of man, say unto the children of thy people: The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression; and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not stumble thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall he that is righteous be able to live thereby in the day that he sinneth.

12  Say to the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him, in the day wherein he errs: and the iniquity of the ungodly shall not harm him, in the day wherein he turns from his iniquity, but the righteous erring shall not be able to deliver himself.

12  And as for you then, son of man, say to the sons of your people: The justice of the just man will not deliver him, on whatever day he will have sinned. And the impiety of the impius man will not harm him, on whatever day he will have been converted from his impiety. And the just man will not be able to live by his justice, on whatever day he will have sinned.

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13  When I say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his righteousness, and commit iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, for it shall he die.

13  Even now, if I say to the just man that he shall certainly live, and so, with confidence in his justice, he commits iniquity, all his justices will be delivered into oblivion, and by his iniquity, which he has done, by this he shall die.

13  When I shall say to the righteous that he shall surely live, and he trusts in his own righteousness and then commits iniquity, all his righteousness which he had done shall not be remembered to him; but for the iniquity which he has committed, he shall die.

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14  Again, when I say unto the wicked: Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right;

14  And when I say to the ungodly, Thou shalt surely die; and he shall turn from his sin, and do judgement and justice,

14  And if I say to the impious man, ‘You shall certainly die,’ and yet he repents from his sin, and he does judgment and justice,

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15  if the wicked restore the pledge, give back that which he had taken by robbery, walk in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die.

15  and return the pledge, and repay that which he has robbed, and walk in the ordinances of life, so as to do no wrong; he shall surely live, and shall not die.

16  None of his sins that he hath committed shall be remembered against him; he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live.

16  None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered: because he has wrought judgement and righteousness; by them shall he live.

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17  Yet the children of thy people say: The way of YHWH is not equal; but as for them, their way is not equal.

17  And the sons of your people have said, ‘The way of the Lord is not a fair balance,’ even while their own way is unjust.

17  Yet your people say, The way of the LORD is not fair; but it is their own ways that are not fair.

18  When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

18  For when the just man will have withdraw from his justice, and committed iniquities, he shall die by these.

18  When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die in his iniquity.

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19  And when the wicked turneth from his wickedness, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

19  And when the sinner turns from his iniquity, and shall do judgement and righteousness, he shall live by them.

19  And when the impious man will have withdrawn from his impiety, and have done judgment and justice, he shall live by these.

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20  Yet ye say: The way of YHWH is not equal. O house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways.'

20  And this is that which ye said, The way of the Lord is not straight. I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one for his ways.