Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 3 months ago

Which of these bible verses is correct?

“The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father…” — Ezekiel 18:20

“I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation…” — Exodus 20:5

10 Answers

  • gillie
    Lv 7
    3 months ago
    Favourite answer

    Just one more contradiction.

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    No contradiction. The first one is simply warning us of the truth stated in the second one.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Both equally so.


  • 3 months ago

    They both are correct.

    The Exodus passage indicates that others will be impacted with the physical consequences of sin, and sometimes that is felt by future generations.

    Ezekiel 18 speaks of the guilt of sin.  While people may suffer because of the consequences of someone else's sin, that does not mean they are guilty of that sin!

    For example, if a man commits the sun of stealing from his employer, one of the consequences may be that he looses his job.

    This could cause him to be in poverty (no longer able to meet his financial needs).  This condition may cause his wife and children to suffer, and the effects may be felt for several generations.

    His family would suffer from the consequences of that sin, but they would not be guilty of that sin!  His family would not be thieves simply because that man was.  They would only be guilty of stealing if they also were to steal.

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  • God
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    Christians will make up some excuse of "context" and say they don't contradict. 

  • User
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Both (of course).

    What you're overlooking

    is the DATE

    and the CONTEXT.

    The passage from Exodus is describing a thing that God

    from time to time


    The passage from Ezekiel is a promise

    specifically to the Israelites

    that the Israelite son

    ***if he does not sin***

    will not be punished by God

    for the sins of his father.

    You left out verse 19, which at the end reads:

    When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Hmmm.....inequity of iniquity. 

  • 3 months ago

    It goes to the matter of punishment for the guilty, and the consequences that proceed "unto the third and fourth generation."  We have seen guilty criminals go to prison, and the shame attached to it affects many others.  Same with alcoholism, drug addiction, divorce.  The innocent suffer from the actions of others.

  • 3 months ago


    Ezekial is talking about how men should act

    God is not man

    by the way exodus is not inequity, but punishment like when the Israelites wandered for 40 year in the wilderness in Exodus

  • Ralph
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The fact of the matter: They are both correct:  The soul that sinneth it shall die, and everyone is fallen short of the glory of God The Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior only by grace are ye saved, The reason why they are correct is because God is truth and man is a liar. Read theses verses Exodus 20:5, read Isaiah 44:15-19, read Ezekiel 18:20-21, read Romans 2:6-9, read Colossians 2:13, read Ephesians 2:1-10, read Psalm 51:17

    Source(s): King James holy bible
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