Therefore tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: I hereby end this proverb; they will not recite it in Israel any longer.’ But say to them, ‘The days are at hand when every vision will be fulfilled. 1
Even if these three men were in it, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, they could not save their own sons or daughters; they would save only their own lives, and the land would become desolate.
Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, they could not save their own son or daughter; they would save only their own lives by their righteousness.
So see here, I have stretched out my hand against you and cut off your rations. I have delivered you into the power of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed by your obscene conduct.
They will burn down your houses and execute judgments on you in front of many women. Thus I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer give gifts to your clients. 1
“‘As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, surely in the city 1 of the king who crowned him, whose oath he despised and whose covenant he broke – in the middle of Babylon he will die!
“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not suffer 1 for his father’s iniquity?’ When the son does what is just and right, and observes all my statutes and carries them out, he will surely live.
The person who sins is the one who will die. A son will not suffer 1 for his father’s iniquity, and a father will not suffer 2 for his son’s iniquity; the righteous person will be judged according to his righteousness, and the wicked person according to his wickedness. 3
“Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and tell them: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Are you coming to seek me? As surely as I live, I will not allow you to seek me, 1 declares the sovereign Lord.’
“And you, son of man, this is what will happen on the day I take 1 from them their stronghold – their beautiful source of joy, the object in which their eyes delight, and the main concern of their lives, 2 as well as their sons and daughters: 3
But suppose the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people. Then the sword comes and takes one of their lives. He is swept away for his iniquity, 1 but I will hold the watchman accountable for that person’s death.’ 2
“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?”’
Therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will subject you to bloodshed, and bloodshed will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.
therefore, as surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will deal with you according to your anger, and according to your envy, by which you acted spitefully against them. I will reveal myself to them when I judge you.