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Passage: Ezekiel 18:1-32

Ezekiel 18:1-32 – Individual Repentance and Responsibility

Summary

Ezekiel responds to the people's complaint that God is punishing them for their ancestors' sins.

Analysis

God promises that judgment will come to the individual for their sins alone, and those who repent will be forgiven. The passage begins with the complaint of the Israelites that they are being punished for their ancestor's sins (18:1-3). The Lord responds, "all lives are mine" (18:4a), and that the righteousness of the righteous is theirs, just as the sins of the wicked are theirs and not another's (18:20). This sets up a call for repentance and a promise of forgiveness to those individuals who repent (18:27-28).