Ezekiel 18:23
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New International Version
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

New Living Translation
"Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.

English Standard Version
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?

New American Standard Bible
"Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?

King James Bible
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?" This is the declaration of the Lord GOD. "Instead, don't I take pleasure when he turns from his ways and lives?

International Standard Version
"I don't take delight in the death of the wicked, do I?" asks the Lord GOD. "Shouldn't I rather delight when he turns from his wicked ways and lives?

NET Bible
Do I actually delight in the death of the wicked, declares the sovereign LORD? Do I not prefer that he turn from his wicked conduct and live?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't want wicked people to die." declares the Almighty LORD. "I want them to turn from their evil ways and live.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do I desire perchance the death of the wicked? said the Lord GOD, Shall he not live if he should leave his ways?

King James 2000 Bible
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? says the Lord GOD: and not that he should turn from his ways, and live?

American King James Version
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

American Standard Version
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? saith the Lord Jehovah; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is it my will that a sinner should die, saith the Lord God, and not that he should be converted from his ways, and live?

Darby Bible Translation
Have I any pleasure at all in the death of the wicked? saith the Lord Jehovah; is it not in his turning from his way, that he may live?

English Revised Version
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? saith the Lord GOD: and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?

Webster's Bible Translation
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

World English Bible
Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked? says the Lord Yahweh; and not rather that he should return from his way, and live?

Young's Literal Translation
Do I at all desire the death of the wicked? An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Is it not in his turning back from his way -- And he hath lived?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:21-29 The wicked man would be saved, if he turned from his evil ways. The true penitent is a true believer. None of his former transgressions shall be mentioned unto him, but in the righteousness which he has done, as the fruit of faith and the effect of conversion, he shall surely live. The question is not whether the truly righteous ever become apostates. It is certain that many who for a time were thought to be righteous, do so, while ver. 26,27 speaks the fulness of pardoning mercy: when sin is forgiven, it is blotted out, it is remembered no more. In their righteousness they shall live; not for their righteousness, as if that were an atonement for their sins, but in their righteousness, which is one of the blessings purchased by the Mediator. What encouragement a repenting, returning sinner has to hope for pardon and life according to this promise! In verse 28 is the beginning and progress of repentance. True believers watch and pray, and continue to the end, and they are saved. In all our disputes with God, he is in the right, and we are in the wrong.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - Have I any pleasure, etc.? Ezekiel's anticipations of the gospel of Christ take a yet wider range, and we come at last to what had been throughout the suppressed premise of the argument. To him, as afterwards to St. Paul (1 Timothy 2:4) and St. Peter (2 Peter 3:9), the mind of God was presented as being at once absolutely righteous and absolutely loving. The death of the wicked, the loss, i.e., of true life, for a time, or even forever, might be the necessary consequence of laws that were righteous in themselves, and were working out the well being of the universe; but that death was not to be thought of as the result of a Divine decree, or contemplated by the Divine mind with any satisfaction. If it were not given to Ezekiel to see, as clearly as Isaiah seems to have seen it, how the Divine philanthropy was to manifest itself, he at least gauged that philanthropy itself, and found it fathomless.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God,.... Perish by sword, famine, or pestilence, or go into captivity; this, though the Lord's will and work, yet is his strange work; mercy is his delight. This is to be understood not absolutely; for the Lord does take pleasure in these things, as they fulfil his word, secure the honour of his truth and holiness, and glorify his justice, and especially when they are the means of reclaiming men from the evil of their ways; but comparatively, as follows:

and not that he should return from his ways, and live? that is, it is more pleasing to God that a man should repent of his sins, and forsake his vicious course of life, and enjoy good things, than to go on in his sins, and bring ruin on himself, here and hereafter.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. (1Ti 2:4; 2Pe 3:9). If men perish, it is because they will not come to the Lord for salvation; not that the Lord is not willing to save them (Joh 5:40). They trample on not merely justice, but mercy; what farther hope can there be for them, when even mercy is against them? (Heb 10:26-29).

Ezekiel 18:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Soul who Sins will Die
22"All his transgressions which he has committed will not be remembered against him; because of his righteousness which he has practiced, he will live. 23"Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked," declares the Lord GOD, "rather than that he should turn from his ways and live? 24"But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 2:4
who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Job 37:23
The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress.

Psalm 147:11
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Ezekiel 18:32
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

Ezekiel 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 rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'

Micah 7:18
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Treasury of Scripture

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

I any

Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Lamentations 3:33 For he does not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

not that

Exodus 34:6,7 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The …

Job 33:27,28 He looks on men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that …

Psalm 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like to you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the …

Luke 15:4-7,10,22 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, …

Luke 15:23,24,32 And bring here the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry…

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

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