Ezekiel 18:5
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New International Version
"Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right.

New Living Translation
"Suppose a certain man is righteous and does what is just and right.

English Standard Version
“If a man is righteous and does what is just and right—

New American Standard Bible
"But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness,

King James Bible
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now suppose a man is righteous and does what is just and right:

International Standard Version
"If a person is righteous, and practices what's lawful and right,

NET Bible
"Suppose a man is righteous. He practices what is just and right,

New Heart English Bible
"But if a man is just, and does that which is lawful and right,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Suppose a righteous person does what is fair and right.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

New American Standard 1977
“But if a man is righteous, and practices justice and righteousness,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if a man is just and does judgment and righteousness,

King James 2000 Bible
But if a man is just, and does that which is lawful and right,

American King James Version
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

American Standard Version
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if a man be just, and do judgment and justice,

Darby Bible Translation
And if a man be righteous, and do judgment and justice:

English Revised Version
But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

Webster's Bible Translation
But if a man is just, and doeth that which is lawful and right,

World English Bible
But if a man is just, and does that which is lawful and right,

Young's Literal Translation
And a man, when he is righteous, And hath done judgment and righteousness,
Study Bible
An Old Proverb about Israel
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. 5"But if a man is righteous and practices justice and righteousness, 6and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period--…
Cross References
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.

Ezekiel 18:6
and does not eat at the mountain shrines or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, or defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman during her menstrual period--
Treasury of Scripture

But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,

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Psalm 15:2-5 He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the …

Psalm 24:4-6 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up …

Matthew 7:21-27 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Romans 2:7-10 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and …

James 1:22-25 But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves…

James 2:14-26 What does it profit, my brothers, though a man say he has faith, …

1 John 2:3,29 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness …

1 John 5:2-5 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

that [heb] judgment and justice

Ezekiel 33:14 Again, when I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; if he turn …

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Jeremiah 22:15 Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your …

(5) If a man be just.--At the opening and close of the statement in regard to the righteous man (Ezekiel 18:5; Ezekiel 18:9), he is described in general and comprehensive terms; while in the intermediate verses various particulars of an upright life are specified as examples of the whole. These particulars have reference, first, to religious duties (Ezekiel 18:6 a), then to moral obligations, such as the avoidance of adultery (Ezekiel 18:6 b), and finally to duties negative and positive towards one's neighbour (Ezekiel 18:7-8). The whole, including Ezekiel 18:5; Ezekiel 18:9, may be considered as a terse summary of the practical duty of man.

Verses 5-9. - The verses that follow are noticeable as forming one of the most complete pictures of a righteous life presented in the Old Testament. It ads characteristic of Ezekiel that he starts from the avoidance of sins against the first table of the commandments. To eat upon the mountains was to take part in the sacrificial feasts on the places, of which he had already spoken (Ezekiel 16:16; comp. 22:9; Deuteronomy 12:2). The words, lifted up his eyes, as in Deuteronomy 4:19 and Psalm 121:1, implied every form of idolatrous adoration. The two sins that follow seem to us, as compared with each other, to stand on a very different footing. To Ezekiel, however, they both appeared as mala prohibita, to each of which the Law assigned the punishment of death (Leviticus 18:19; Leviticus 20:10, 18; Deuteronomy 22:22), each involving the dominance of animal passions, in the one case, over the sacred rights of others; in the other, over a law of self-restraint which rested partly on physical grounds, the act condemned frustrating the final cause of the union of the sexes; partly, also, on its ethical significance. The prominence given to it implies that the sin was common, and that it brought with it an infinite degradation of the holiest ties. But if a man be just,.... Not legally, as to be wholly free from sin, for there is no such just man, Ecclesiastes 7:20; but evangelically, through the imputation of the righteousness of Christ unto him; and who has a principle of grace and holiness wrought in him; a man of a just principle and good conscience; who is disposed by the grace of God to that which is just and right; for this seems to refer to the inward frame of the mind, as distinct from actions, and as the source of them, as follows:

and do that which is lawful and right; or "judgment" (c) and "justice"; true judgment and justice, as the Targum; that which is just and right by the law of God, and is so between man and man; the particulars of which follow:

(c) "judiciam et justitiam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c. 5. Here begins the illustration of God's impartiality in a series of supposed cases. The first case is given in Eze 18:5-9, the just man. The excellencies are selected in reference to the prevailing sins of the age, from which such a one stood aloof; hence arises the omission of some features of righteousness, which, under different circumstances, would have been desirable to be enumerated. Each age has its own besetting temptations, and the just man will be distinguished by his guarding against the peculiar defilements, inward and outward, of his age.

just … lawful … right—the duties of the second table of the law, which flow from the fear of God. Piety is the root of all charity; to render to each his own, as well to our neighbor, as to God.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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