Ezekiel 18:3
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New International Version
"As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel.

New Living Translation
As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, you will not quote this proverb anymore in Israel.

English Standard Version
As I live, declares the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.

New American Standard Bible
"As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore.

King James Bible
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As I live"--this is the declaration of the Lord GOD--"you will no longer use this proverb in Israel.

International Standard Version
As long as I live," declares the LORD, "you won't use this proverb about Israel anymore.

NET Bible
"As surely as I live, declares the sovereign LORD, you will not quote this proverb in Israel anymore!

New Heart English Bible
As I live, says the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As I live, declares the Almighty LORD, you will no longer use this proverb in Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

New American Standard 1977
“As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As I live, said the Lord GOD, ye shall never again have reason to use this saying in Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
As I live, says the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

American King James Version
As I live, said the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

American Standard Version
As I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As I live, saith the Lord God, this parable shall be no more to you a proverb in Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
[As] I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, ye shall not have any more to use this proverb in Israel.

English Revised Version
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

World English Bible
As I live, says the Lord Yahweh, you shall not have [occasion] any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
I live -- an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Ye have no more the use of this simile in Israel.
Study Bible
An Old Proverb about Israel
2"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge '? 3"As I live," declares the Lord GOD, "you are surely not going to use this proverb in Israel anymore. 4"Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:22
"Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The days are long and every vision fails '?

Ezekiel 16:44
"Behold, everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb concerning you, saying, 'Like mother, like daughter.'

Ezekiel 18:2
"What do you mean by using this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 'The fathers eat the sour grapes, But the children's teeth are set on edge '?

Ezekiel 18:4
"Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die.
Treasury of Scripture

As I live, said the Lord GOD, you shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

Ezekiel 18:19,20,30 Yet say you, Why? does not the son bear the iniquity of the father? …

Ezekiel 33:11-20 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Ezekiel 36:31,32 Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that …

Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law said, it said to them …

Verse 3. - Stress is laid on the fact that the proverb which implied unrighteousness in God is no longer to be used in Israel. There, among the, people in whom he was manifesting his righteousness for the education of mankind, it should be seen to have no force whatever. The thought was an essentially heathen thought - a half-truth distorted into a falsehood. As I live, saith the Lord God,.... This is a form of an oath; the Lord here swears by his life, by himself, because he could swear by no greater, Hebrews 6:13; and it expresses how displeased he was with the above proverb, and how much he resented it, as well as the certainty of what follows; which, it might be depended on, would be assuredly done, since the Lord not only said it, but swore unto it:

ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel; signifying that he would no longer defer the execution of his judgments, but immediately bring them upon them; so that or the future there would be no use of the proverb; no occasion to make mention of it in the next generation; and, moreover, that he would make it so manifest to themselves and others, by his dealings with them, that it should be seen, and known, and acknowledged by all, that it was for their own sins and transgressions that they were visited and corrected. 3. ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb—because I will let it be seen by the whole world in the very fact that you are not righteous, as ye fancy yourselves, but wicked, and that you suffer only the just penalty of your guilt; while the elect righteous remnant alone escapes.18:1-20 The soul that sinneth it shall die. As to eternity, every man was, is, and will be dealt with, as his conduct shows him to have been under the old covenant of works, or the new covenant of grace. Whatever outward sufferings come upon men through the sins of others, they deserve for their own sins all they suffer; and the Lord overrules every event for the eternal good of believers. All souls are in the hand of the great Creator: he will deal with them in justice or mercy; nor will any perish for the sins of another, who is not in some sense worthy of death for his own. We all have sinned, and our souls must be lost, if God deal with us according to his holy law; but we are invited to come to Christ. If a man who had shown his faith by his works, had a wicked son, whose character and conduct were the reverse of his parent's, could it be expected he should escape the Divine vengeance on account of his father's piety? Surely not. And should a wicked man have a son who walked before God as righteous, this man would not perish for his father's sins. If the son was not free from evils in this life, still he should be partaker of salvation. The question here is not about the meritorious ground of justification, but about the Lord's dealings with the righteous and the wicked.
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