Who Is Punished For The Sins Of The Father?

  

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Who is punished for the sins of the father?

Deuteronomy 24:16

The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Isaiah 14:21

Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities..

Answer:

   Of course, we know that in Deuteronomy, law was established by God which would reveal sin and show how people would be judged. In verse 16, He shows that people are individually responsible for the things they do. When someone committed murder or adultery, it was them that was put to death for it, not their offspring.

   So Isaiah seems to pose a contradiction……if all you do is read that verse. If one actually reads the context of this, we find that it is a prophecy against a nation. It was due to the wickedness of their King that Babylon was to be destroyed. The Medes overtook that city around 540BC and the city was later left in ruins. That fulfilled this prophecy. No contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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