Exodus 20:5- “You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me…”
St. Robert Bellarmine, On Purgatory, Book 2, Chap. 15: “… No man will be punished for the fault of another, unless he is a participant of the same fault, either by consent or imitation. Concerning such matters, Exodus 20 says God punishes the sins of the fathers on the sons into the third and fourth generation. That is understood when the sons imitate the parents, as Jerome expounds (in cap. 18 on Ezekiel), Augustine (on Psalm 108), Chrysostom (Hom. 29 in Genesis)…”
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