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Ezekiel 33:10-16


33:10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what you have said: “Our rebellious acts and our sins have caught up with us, 1  and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’ 33:11 Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but prefer that the wicked change his behavior 2  and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! 3  Why should you die, O house of Israel?’

33:12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, 4  ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 5  As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 6  The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 7  if he sins.’ 8  33:13 Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die. 33:14 Suppose I say to the wicked, ‘You must certainly die,’ but he turns from his sin and does what is just and right. 33:15 He 9  returns what was taken in pledge, pays back what he has stolen, and follows the statutes that give life, 10  committing no iniquity. He will certainly live – he will not die. 33:16 None of the sins he has committed will be counted 11  against him. He has done what is just and right; he will certainly live.

1 tn Heb “(are) upon us.”

2 tn Heb “turn from his way.”

3 tn Heb “ways.” This same word is translated “behavior” earlier in the verse.

4 tn Heb “the sons of your people.”

5 tn Heb “in the day of his rebellion.” The statement envisions a godly person rejecting what is good and becoming sinful. See D. I. Block, Ezekiel (NICOT), 2:247-48.

6 tn Heb “and the wickedness of the wicked, he will not stumble in it in the day of his turning from his wickedness.”

7 tn Heb “by it.”

8 tn Heb “in the day of his sin.”

9 tn Heb “the wicked one.”

10 tn Heb “and in the statutes of life he walks.”

11 tn Heb “remembered.”

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