Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
Manton says: "The life of sin and the life of a sinner are like two buckets in a well — if the one goeth up, the other must come down. If sin liveth, the sinner must die." It is only when sin dies that a man begins truly to live. Yet we cannot persuade our neighbours that it is so, for their hearts are bound up in their sins, and they think themselves most alive when they can give fullest liberty to their desires. They raise up their sins, and so sink themselves. If they could be persuaded of the truth, they would send the bucket of sin to the very bottom that their better selves might rise into eternal salvation.
( C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?