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EZEKIEL

not rather that he should return from his ways, and live?

24But 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? None of his righteous deeds that he hath done shall be remembered; for his trespass that he trespassed, and for his sin that he hath sinned, for them shall he die. 25Yet ye say: The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel: Is it My way that is not equal? is it not your ways that are unequal? 26When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall die therefor; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 29Yet saith the house of Israel: The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, is it My ways that are not equal? is it not your ways that are unequal? 30Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Return ye, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so shall they not be a stumblingblock of iniquity unto you. 31Cast away from you all your transgressions, wherein ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God; wherefore turn yourselves, and live.

19Moreover, take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, 2and say:

How was thy mother a lioness;
Among lions she couched,
In the midst of the young lions
She reared her whelps!
3And she brought up one of her whelps,
He became a young lion;
And he learned to catch the prey,
He devoured men.
4Then the nations assembled against him,
He was taken in their pit;
And they brought him with hooks
Unto the land of Egypt.
 
5Now when she saw that she was disappointed,
And her hope was lost,
Then she took another of her whelps,
And made him a young lion.
6And he went up and down among the lions,
He became a young lion;
And he learned to catch the prey,
He devoured men.
7And he knew their castles,
And laid waste their cities;
And the land was desolate,
And the fulness thereof,
Because of the noise of his roaring.
 
8Then the nations cried out against him
On every side from the provinces;
And they spread their net over him,
He was taken in their pit.
9And they put him in a cage with hooks,
And brought him to the king of Babylon;
That they might bring him into strongholds,

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