The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleEzekiel 18:23
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith
the Lord God…
Perish by sword, famine, or pestilence, or go into
captivity; this, though the Lord's will and work, yet is his strange
work; mercy is his delight. This is to be understood not absolutely;
for the Lord does take pleasure in these things, as they fulfil his
word, secure the honour of his truth and holiness, and glorify his
justice, and especially when they are the means of reclaiming men from
the evil of their ways; but comparatively, as follows:
[and] not that he should return from his ways, and live?
that is, it is
more pleasing to God that a man should repent of his sins, and forsake
his vicious course of life, and enjoy good things, than to go on in his
sins, and bring ruin on himself, here and hereafter.