How does God´s punishment affect even the descendants of those who hate Him?

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God tells us that His righteous punishment of the sins of ungodly parents, will also affect their descendants for several generations, if they, like their parents, despise God and lead ungodly lives in unbelief.

Lev. 26:39: Also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.

Assignment: Read Gen.9:25: Ham caused a curse to fall on his ungodly son, Canaan and his descendants, and Matt. 27:25: the Jews caused their unbelieving descendants to be cursed.

God-fearing children also are often made to suffer the consequences of their parents sins. This, however, is not punishment for them, but rather God’s good and fatherly discipline, which finally works for their good.

Rom. 8:28: We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

Assignment: Read 1 Sam. 15:26-28: Jonathon lost his right to ascend to the throne, because of his father Saul’s ungodliness, even though Jonath on himself enjoyed God’s favor.