The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 18:2
What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of
This is spoken to the Jews in Babylon, who used the
following proverb concerning the land of Israel; not the ten tribes,
but the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, concerning the desolation of
the land, and the hardships the Jews laboured under, since the
captivity of Jeconiah, and they became subject to the yoke of
Nebuchadnezzar: this expostulation with them suggests that they had no
just cause, or true reason, to make use of the proverb; that it was
impious, impudent, and insolent in them, and daring and dangerous; and
that they did not surely well consider what they said. The proverb
saying, the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth
set on edge?
that is, as the Targum explains it,
``the fathers have sinned, and the children are smitten,''
or punished, as the ten tribes for the sins of Jeroboam, and the two
tribes of Judah and Benjamin for the sins of Manasseh; hereby wiping
themselves clean; and as if they were innocent persons, and free from
sin, and were only punished for their forefathers' sins, and so
charging God with injustice and cruelty; whereas, though the Lord
threatened to visit the iniquity of parents upon their children, and
sometimes did so, to deter parents from sinning, lest they should
entail a curse, and bring ruin upon their posterity; yet he never did
this but when children followed their fathers' practices, and committed
the same sins, or worse; so that this was no act of unrighteousness in
God, but rather an instance of his patience and long suffering; see
(Jeremiah 31:29,30) .
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Ezekiel 18:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=eze&chapter=018&verse=002>. 1999.