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How does the land sin?

Submitted: 10/5/2012
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Question: Ezekiel 14:13 says, 'Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.' How does land sin.

Answer: The land is simply a literary devise that refers to the people who live in the land. The Bible frequently uses such devices. For example, in Genesis 18:20 God says, 'Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grave.' Obviously it wasn't Sodom and Gomorrah that had sinned but the people who lived in these cities. Another example is Romans 3:19, which says, 'That every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.' Obviously it is not the world that is guilty but the people who live in the world.