1The LORD’s word came to me: 2What do you mean by this proverb of yours about the land of Israel: "When parents eat unripe grapes, the children’s teeth suffer"? 3As surely as I live, says the LORD God, no longer will you use this proverb in Israel! 4All lives are mine; the life of the parent and the life of the child belong to me. Only the one who sins will die. 5People are declared innocent when they act justly and responsibly. 6They don’t eat on the hills or give their attention to the idols of the house of Israel. They don’t defile the wives of their neighbors or approach menstruating women. 7They don’t cheat anyone, but fulfill their obligations. They don’t rob others, but give food to the hungry and clothes to the naked. 8They don’t impose interest or take profit. They refrain from evil and settle cases between people fairly. 9They follow my regulations, keep my case laws, and act faithfully. Such people are innocent, and they will live, proclaims the LORD God. 10But suppose one of them has a violent child who sheds blood or does any one of these things, 11even though his parents didn’t do any of them. He eats on the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12oppresses the poor and needy, robs others and doesn’t fulfill his obligations, pays attention to the idols and does detestable things, 13and takes interest and profit. Should he live? He should not. He engaged in all these detestable practices. He will surely die, and his blood will be on him.