One man shall not bear the sins of another, but every one his own; if a wicked man truly repent, he shall be saved; and if a just man leave his justice, he shall perish.
 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: What is the meaning?
Et factus est sermo Domini ad me, dicens :
 That you use among you this parable as a proverb in the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the teeth of the children are set on edge.
Quid est quod inter vos parabolam vertitis in proverbium istud in terra Israel, dicentes : Patres comederunt uvam acerbam, et dentes filiorum obstupescunt?
 As I live, saith the Lord God, this parable shall be no more to you a proverb in Israel.
Vivo ego, dicit Dominus Deus, si erit ultra vobis parabola haec in proverbium in Israel.
 Behold all souls are mine: as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, the same shall die.
Ecce omnes animae meae sunt : ut anima patris, ita et anima filii mea est : anima quae peccaverit, ipsa morietur.
 And if a man be just, and do judgment and justice,
Et vir si fuerit justus, et fecerit judicium et justitiam,
 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel: and hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, nor come near to a menstruous woman:
in montibus non comederit, et oculos suos non levaverit ad idola domus Israel : et uxorem proximi sui non violaverit, et ad mulierem menstruatam non accesserit :
 And hath not wronged any man: but hath restored the pledge to the debtor, hath taken nothing away by violence: hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment:
et hominem non contristaverit, pignus debitori reddiderit, per vim nihil rapuerit : panem suum esurienti dederit, et nudum operuerit vestimento,
 Hath not lent upon usury, nor taken any increase: hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, and hath executed true judgment between man and man:
ad usuram non commodaverit, et amplius non acceperit : ab iniquitate averterit manum suam, et judicium verum fecerit inter virum et virum :
 Hath walked in my commandments, and kept my judgments, to do truth: he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God.
in praeceptis meis ambulaverit, et judicia mea custodierit, ut faciat veritatem : hic justus est : vita vivet, ait Dominus Deus.
 And if he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that hath done some one of these things:
Quod si genuerit filium latronem, effundentem sanguinem, et fecerit unum de istis :
 Though he doth not all these things, but that eateth upon the mountains, and that defileth his neighbour's wife:
et haec quidem omnia non facientem, sed in montibus comedentem, et uxorem proximi sui polluentem :
 That grieveth the needy and the poor, that taketh away by violence, that restoreth not the pledge, and that lifteth up his eyes to idols, that committeth abomination:
egenum et pauperem contristantem, rapientem rapinas, pignus non reddentem, et ad idola levantem oculos suos, abominationem facientem :
 That giveth upon usury, and that taketh an increase: shall such a one live? he shall not live. Seeing he hath done all these detestable things, he shall surely die, his blood shall be upon him.
ad usuram dantem, et amplius accipientem : numquid vivet? Non vivet : cum universa haec detestanda fecerit, morte morietur; sanguis ejus in ipso erit.
 But if he beget a son, who, seeing all his father's sins, which he hath done, is afraid, and shall not do the like to them:
Quod si genuerit filium, qui videns omnia peccata patris sui quae fecit, timuerit, et non fecerit simile eis :
 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, nor lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, and hath not defiled his neighbour's wife:
super montes non comederit, et oculos suos non levaverit ad idola domus Israel, et uxorem proximi sui non violaverit :
 And hath not grieved any man, nor withholden the pledge, nor taken away with violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and covered the naked with a garment:
et virum non contristaverit, pignus non retinuerit, et rapinam non rapuerit, panem suum esurienti dederit, et nudum operuerit vestimento :
 That hath turned away his hand from injuring the poor, hath not taken usury and increase, but hath executed my judgments, and hath walked in my commandments: this man shall not die for the iniquity of his father, but living he shall live.
a pauperis injuria averterit manum suam, usuram et superabundantiam non acceperit, judicia mea fecerit, in praeceptis meis ambulaverit : hic non morietur in iniquitate patris sui, sed vita vivet.
 As for his father, because he oppressed and offered violence to his brother, and wrought evil in the midst of his people, behold he is dead in his own iniquity.
Pater ejus, quia calumniatus est, et vim fecit fratri, et malum operatus est in medio populi sui, ecce mortuus est in iniquitate sua.
 And you say: Why hath not the son borne the iniquity of his father? Verily, because the son hath wrought judgment and justice, hath kept all my commandments, and done them, living, he shall live.
Et dicitis : Quare non portavit filius iniquitatem patris? Videlicet quia filius judicium et justitiam operatus est, omnia praecepta mea custodivit, et fecit illa, vivet vita.
 The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
Anima quae peccaverit, ipsa morietur : filius non portabit iniquitatem patris, et pater non portabit iniquitatem filii : justitia justi super eum erit, et impietas impii erit super eum.
 But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die.
Si autem impius egerit poenitentiam ab omnibus peccatis suis, quae operatus est, et custodierit omnia praecepta mea, et fecerit judicium et justitiam, vita viet, et non morietur :
 I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.
omnium iniquitatum ejus, quas operatus est, non recordabor : in justitia sua, quam operatus est, vivet.
 Is it my will that a sinner should die, saith the Lord God, and not that he should be converted from his ways, and live?
Numquid voluntatis meae est mors impii, dicit Dominus Deus, et non ut convertatur a viis suis, et vivat?
 But if the just man turn himself away from his justice, and do iniquity according to all the abominations which the wicked man useth to work, shall he live? all his justices which he hath done, shall not be remembered: in the prevarication, by which he hath prevaricated, and in his sin, which he hath committed, in them he shall die.
Si autem averterit se justus a justitia sua, et fecerit iniquitatem secundum omnes abominationes quas operari solet impius, numquid vivet? Omnes justitiae ejus, quas fecerat, non recordabuntur : in praevaricatione qua praevaricatus est, et in peccato quo quod peccavit, in ipsis morietur.
 And you have said: The way of the Lord is not right. Hear ye, therefore, O house of Israel: Is it my way that is not right, and are not rather your ways perverse?
Et dixistis : Non est aequa via Domini! Audite ergo, domus Israel : numquid via mea non est aequa? et non magis viae vestrae pravae sunt?
 For when the just turneth himself away from his justice, and committeth iniquity, he shall die therein: in the injustice that he hath wrought he shall die.
Cum enim averterit se justus a justitia sua, et fecerit iniquitatem, morietur in eis : in injustitia quam operatus est morietur.
 And when the wicked turneth himself away from his wickedness, which he hath wrought, and doeth judgment, and justice: he shall save his soul alive.
Et cum averterit se impius ab impietate sua quam operatus est, et fecerit judicium et justitiam, ipse animam suam vivificabit :
 Because he considereth and turneth away himself from all his iniquities which he hath wrought, he shall surely live, and not die.
considerans enim, et avertens se ab omnibus iniquitatibus suis quas operatus est, vita vivet, et non morietur.
 And the children of Israel say: The way of the Lord is not right. Are not my ways right, O house of Israel, and are not rather your ways perverse?
Et dicunt filii Israel : Non est aequa via Domini! Numquid viae meae non sunt aequae, domus Israel, et non magis viae vestrae pravae?
 Therefore will I judge every man according to his ways, O house of Israel, saith the Lord God. Be converted, and do penance for all your iniquities: and iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Idcirco unumquemque juxta vias suas judicabo, domus Israel, ait Dominus Deus. Convertimini, et agite poenitentiam ab omnibus iniquitatibus vestris, et non erit vobis in ruinam iniquitas.
 Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed, and make to yourselves a new heart, and a new spirit: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Projicite a vobis omnes praevaricationes vestras in quibus praevaricati estis, et facite vobis cor novum, et spiritum novum : et quare moriemini, domus Israel?
 For I desire not the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God, return ye and live.
Quia nolo mortem morientis, dicit Dominus Deus : revertimini, et vivite.