Unbelieving actions reveal an unbelieving heart, but the LORD does not want us to die in unbelief. He draws us away from evil to trust in Him.

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 18:14-24

ESV Text: Ezekiel 18:14-24



KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:51 and ends at about 4:8

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like, 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour’s wife, 16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, 17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

     21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 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? 24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 331:
Yea, as I Live, Jehovah Saith

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— Organ Audio

1. Yea, as I live, Jehovah saith, 
I would not have the sinner’s death, 
But that he turn from error’s ways, 
Repent, and live through endless days. 

2. To us therefore Christ gave command: 
“Go forth and preach in every land; 
Bestow on all My pardoning grace 
Who will repent and mend their ways. 

3. “All those whose sins ye thus remit 
I truly pardon and acquit, 
And those whose sins ye do retain 
Condemned and guilty shall remain. 

4. “What ye shall bind, that bound shall be: 
What ye shall loose, that shall be free; 
Unto My Church the keys are given 
To ope and close the gates of heaven.” 

5. The words which absolution give 
Are His who died that we might live; 
The minister whom Christ has sent 
Is but His humble instrument. 

6. When ministers lay on their hands, 
Absolved by Christ the sinner stands; 
He who by grace the Word believes 
The purchase of His blood receives. 

7. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee 
For absolution full and free, 
In which Thou showest forth Thy grace; 
From false indulgence guard our race. 

8. Praise God the Father and the Son 
And Holy Spirit, Three in One, 
As ’twas, is now, and so shall be 
World without end, eternally! 


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