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Ezekiel 33:11-14

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 1  and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil deeds! 2  Why should you die, O house of Israel?’

33:12 “And you, son of man, say to your people, 3  ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him if he rebels. 4  As for the wicked, his wickedness will not make him stumble if he turns from it. 5  The righteous will not be able to live by his righteousness 6  if he sins.’ 7  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.

1 tn Heb “turn from his way.”

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

3 tn Heb “the sons of your people.”

4 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.

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

6 tn Heb “by it.”

7 tn Heb “in the day of his sin.”

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