Ezekiel 14:14
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14  even if these three men—Noach, Daniel, and Iyov—should be in it, they would by their righteousness save only themselves—declares Hashem.

v’-ha-YU sh’-LO-shet ha-a-na-SHEEM ha-AY-leh b’-to-KHAH NO-akh da-ni-AYL v’-i-YOV HAY-mah v’-tzid-ka-TAM y’-na-tz’-LU naf-SHAM n’-UM a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM

יד  וְהָיוּ שְׁלֹשֶׁת הָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה בְּתוֹכָהּ נֹחַ דנאל [דָּנִיֵּאל] וְאִיּוֹב הֵמָּה בְצִדְקָתָם יְנַצְּלוּ נַפְשָׁם נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה׃

14:14 They would by their righteousness save only themselves

Hearing of Yerushalayim’s imminent demise, one can imagine that Yechezkel would have entreated God go save the city, as Avraham had before Sodom was destroyed, by means of the following plea: Could the presence of righteous people in the city perhaps prevent its destruction? Hashem responds by listing three great people, Noach, Daniel, and Iyov, whose personal piety was beyond reproach. Noach was faced with the destruction of mankind, Daniel was faced with the destruction of the nation and Iyov was confronted by the destruction of his family. However, each one was able to save only themselves, but not the others around them. The presence of the righteous can only assist others who are willing to learn and be influenced by them.

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  • We often hear older and wiser people say to us, “Profit from my mistakes”. And well we should. However, we should also be open to profit by observing righteous living in others. From the one we learn (hopefully) what NOT to do; from the other we learn (again, hopefully) what we SHOULD be doing—if we’re “willing to learn and be influenced by them”.

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