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God and Sinners

24th January 2006

Came across these wise words today:

They queried Wisdom, “What is the sinner’s punishment?”
and it told them, “Misfortune pursues sinners” (Proverbs 13:21).

They queried Prophecy, “What is the sinner’s punishment?”
and it told them, “The person who sins shall die” (Ezekiel 18:20).

They queried the Torah, “What is the sinner’s punishment?”
and it told them, “He shall be forgiven upon presenting a guilt offering.”

They queried God, “What is the sinner’s punishment?”
and he told them, “He shall be forgiven upon repenting.”

- Jerusalem Talmud Makkot 2.6 (adapted from Sasson, Jonah, 240)

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