Exodus 32:9
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New International Version
"I have seen these people," the LORD said to Moses, "and they are a stiff-necked people.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said, "I have seen how stubborn and rebellious these people are.

English Standard Version
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD also said to Moses: "I have seen this people, and they are indeed a stiff-necked people.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD told Moses, "I've seen these people and indeed they're obstinate.

NET Bible
Then the LORD said to Moses: "I have seen this people. Look what a stiff-necked people they are!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD added, "I've seen these people, and they are impossible to deal with.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD further said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and for certain it is a stiffnecked people.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people:

American King James Version
And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff necked people:

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And again the Lord said to Moses: See that this people is stiffnecked:

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said to Moses, I see this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold it is a stiff-necked people:

World English Bible
Yahweh said to Moses, "I have seen these people, and behold, they are a stiff-necked people.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'I have seen this people, and lo, it is a stiff-necked people;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

32:7-14 God says to Moses, that the Israelites had corrupted themselves. Sin is the corruption of the sinner, and it is a self-corruption; every man is tempted when he is drawn aside of his own lust. They had turned aside out of the way. Sin is a departing from the way of duty into a by-path. They soon forgot God's works. He sees what they cannot discover, nor is any wickedness of the world hid from him. We could not bear to see the thousandth part of that evil which God sees every day. God expresses the greatness of his just displeasure, after the manner of men who would have prayer of Moses could save them from ruin; thus he was a type of Christ, by whose mediation alone, God would reconcile the world to himself. Moses pleads God's glory. The glorifying God's name, as it ought to be our first petition, and it is so in the Lord's prayer, so it ought to be our great plea. And God's promises are to be our pleas in prayer; for what he has promised he is able to perform. See the power of prayer. In answer to the prayers of Moses, God showed his purpose of sparing the people, as he had before seemed determined on their destruction; which change of the outward discovery of his purpose, is called repenting of the evil.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9.- A stiffnecked people. This epithet, which becomes epitheton usitatum, is here used for the first time. It does not so much mean "obstinate" as "perverse" like a h

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people,.... He had observed their ways and works, their carriage and behaviour; he had seen them before this time; he knew from all eternity what they would be, that their neck would be as an iron sinew, and their brow brass; but now he saw that in fact which he before saw as future, and they proved to be the people he knew they would be; besides, this is said to give Moses the true character of them, which might be depended upon, since it was founded upon divine knowledge and observation:

and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people; obstinate and self-willed, resolute in their own ways, and will not be reclaimed, inflexible and not subjected to the yoke of the divine law; a metaphor taken from such creatures as will not submit their necks or suffer the yoke or bridle to be put upon them, but draw back and slip away; or, as Aben Ezra thinks, to a man that goes on his way upon a run, and will not turn his neck to him that calls him, so disobedient and irreclaimable were these people.



Exodus 32:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Moses Informed of Israel's Sin
8"They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'" 9The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people. 10"Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation."…
Cross References
Acts 7:51
"You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Exodus 33:3
Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way."

Exodus 33:5
For the LORD had said to Moses, "Tell the Israelites, 'You are a stiff-necked people. If I were to go with you even for a moment, I might destroy you. Now take off your ornaments and I will decide what to do with you.'"

Exodus 34:9
"Lord," he said, "if I have found favor in your eyes, then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance."

Numbers 14:11
The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?

Deuteronomy 9:13
And the LORD said to me, "I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed!

Deuteronomy 31:27
For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you have been rebellious against the LORD while I am still alive and with you, how much more will you rebel after I die!

2 Kings 17:14
But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the LORD their God.

2 Chronicles 30:8
Do not be stiff-necked, as your ancestors were; submit to the LORD. Come to his sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the LORD your God, so that his fierce anger will turn away from you.

Psalm 78:8
They would not be like their ancestors-- a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.

Isaiah 48:4
For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze.
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Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

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2 Chronicles 30:8 Now be you not stiff necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves …

Nehemiah 9:17 And refused to obey, neither were mindful of your wonders that you …

Psalm 78:8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; …

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Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, …

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