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Ezekiel 18:32

"For I do not have pleasure in the death of him who dies, declares the Lord Jehovah. So turn and live." (Eze 18:32 LIT)


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The reference here is to natural life, not to salvation because it says: "death" and "live", and all souls are eternal.

It is not to be interpreted simply and absolutely, and with respect to all persons afflicted and punished by Him; for he does take delight in the exercise of "judgment" and "righteousness," and "laughs" at the "calamity" of wicked men:

"But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am Jehovah, doing kindness, justice and righteousness in the earth; for I delight in these, says Jehovah." (Jer 9:24)

"I also will laugh in your calamity, I will mock when your dread comes;" (Pro 1:26)

but comparatively, as in "They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek Jehovah, but they shall not find; He has withdrawn Himself from them." (Hos 5:6)

The sense is, that He takes no pleasure in the natural afflictions, calamities, and captivity of men, which are meant by death here; but rather that they would repent and reform, and live in their own land, and enjoy the good things of it; which shows the mercy and compassion of God to sinners:

And He renews his exhortation, "So turn and live" meaning: " I take no delight in your present deaths, your captivity; it would be more agreeable to me would you turn from your evil ways to the Lord your God, and behave according to the laws I have given you to walk by, and so live in your own land, in the quiet possession of your goods and estates."

The concept here is more akin to the exhortation to children to do good with their parents and so to live a long and happy life on earth than to spiritual salvation:

"1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth." (Eph 6:1-3)

"Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Deu 5:16) (Exo 20:12)

see also Ezekiel 33:11