2 What do you mean by quoting this proverb upon the soil of Yisrael, “Parents eat sour grapes and their children’s teeth are blunted”?
ma la-KHEM a-TEM mo-sh’-LEEM et ha-ma-SHAL ha-ZEH al ad-MAT yis-ra-AYL lay-MOR a-VOT YO-kh’-lu VO-ser v’-shi-NAY ha-ba-NEEM tik-HE-nah
ב מַה־לָּכֶם אַתֶּם מֹשְׁלִים אֶת־הַמָּשָׁל הַזֶּה עַל־אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אָבוֹת יֹאכְלוּ בֹסֶר וְשִׁנֵּי הַבָּנִים תִּקְהֶינָה׃
18:2 What do you mean by quoting this proverb upon the soil of Yisrael
The sinful nation complains that they are being punished for transgressions committed by their ancestors. Yechezkel explains that this is inaccurate; they are being held accountable because they have continued their parents’ evil deeds. The prophet specifically reprimands the people for uttering this complaint in the land of Israel. The fallacy in the children’s complaint that they are being punished for their father’s sins motivates Yechezkel to speak, as the Holy Land cannot tolerate falsehood.