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Prepare for slaughter of his children
because of the iniquity of their fathers,
that they not rise up and possess the earth
and fill the surface of the world with cities. Bible

“Prepare for slaughter of his children because of the iniquity of their fathers.” This verse is sometimes said to contradict Deuteronomy 24:16, but this is not the case. Deuteronomy 24:16 is speaking of civil penalties carried out by the government. This is clear from the context. Isaiah 14:21 is speaking of national calamities (in this case, war) that are the result of the evil of earlier generations. The two subjects are totally different. Many “children” (men 16-25) died in WWII because the “fathers” sat by while Hitler preached hate, then built a huge army. Similary, “sons” now die of mercury poisoning because “fathers” dumped mercury, PCBs, etc., into lakes.


Commentary for: Isaiah 14:21