"Now suppose he has a son who sees all the sins his father has committed, and though he sees them, he does not do likewise.
"Son of man, pack your bags for exile and go into exile in their sight during the day. You will go into exile from your place to another place while they watch; perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.
If only they were wise, they would figure it out; they would understand their fate.
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the law of the LORD!
Then I would not be ashamed when I think about all Your commands.
I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to Your decrees.
I have heard Ephraim moaning: You disciplined me, and I have been disciplined like an untrained calf. Restore me, and I will return, for you, LORD, are my God.
After I returned, I repented; After I was instructed, I struck my thigh [in grief]. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.
Isn't Ephraim a precious son to Me, a delightful child? Whenever I speak against him, I certainly still think about him. Therefore, My inner being yearns for him; I will truly have compassion on him. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired hands have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger!
I'll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.
"Now if the wicked person turns from all the sins he has committed, keeps all My statutes, and does what is just and right, he will certainly live; he will not die.
Throw off all the transgressions you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, house of Israel?
"Now, son of man, say to your people: The righteousness of the righteous person will not save him on the day of his transgression; neither will the wickedness of the wicked person cause him to stumble on the day he turns from his wickedness. The righteous person won't be able to survive by his righteousness on the day he sins.
Samuel told them, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, get rid of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths that are among you, dedicate yourselves to the LORD, and worship only Him. Then He will rescue you from the hand of the Philistines."
So the Israelites removed the Baals and the Ashtoreths and only worshiped the LORD.
Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.
Because of these, God's wrath comes on the disobedient,
and you once walked in these things when you were living in them.
But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth.
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his practices
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people, eager to do good works.
For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of [breaking it] all.
For He who said, Do not commit adultery, also said, Do not murder. So if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you are a lawbreaker.
Speak and act as those who will be judged by the law of freedom.