Jeremiah 17:23
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New International Version
Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff-necked and would not listen or respond to discipline.

New Living Translation
but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay attention or accept my discipline.

English Standard Version
Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck, that they might not hear and receive instruction.

New American Standard Bible
"Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

King James Bible
But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They wouldn't listen or pay attention but became obstinate, not listening or accepting discipline.

International Standard Version
But they didn't listen, nor did they pay attention. They were determined not to listen and not to accept instruction.

NET Bible
Your ancestors, however, did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They stubbornly refused to pay attention or to respond to any discipline.'

New Heart English Bible
But they did not listen, neither turn their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your ancestors did not obey me or pay attention to me. They were impossible to deal with and would not listen or accept discipline.

JPS Tanakh 1917
but they hearkened not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

New American Standard 1977
“Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who did not hear, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive correction.

King James 2000 Bible
But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

American King James Version
But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

American Standard Version
But they hearkened not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they did not hear, nor incline their ear: but hardened their neck, that they might not hear me, and might not receive instruction.

Darby Bible Translation
but they hearkened not, neither inclined their ear, but hardened their neck, that they might not hear nor receive instruction.

English Revised Version
But they hearkened not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

World English Bible
But they didn't listen, neither turn their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might not receive instruction.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have not hearkened nor inclined their ear, And they stiffen their neck not to hear, And not to receive instruction.
Study Bible
The Sabbath Renewed
22"You shall not bring a load out of your houses on the sabbath day nor do any work, but keep the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers. 23"Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction. 24"But it will come about, if you listen attentively to Me," declares the LORD, "to bring no load in through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but to keep the sabbath day holy by doing no work on it,…
Cross References
Proverbs 29:1
A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

Jeremiah 6:8
"Be warned, O Jerusalem, Or I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited."

Jeremiah 7:24
"Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 7:26
"Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck; they did more evil than their fathers.

Jeremiah 7:28
"You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.

Jeremiah 11:10
"They have turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers."

Jeremiah 19:15
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Behold, I am about to bring on this city and all its towns the entire calamity that I have declared against it, because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.'"

Jeremiah 35:15
"Also I have sent to you all My servants the prophets, sending them again and again, saying: 'Turn now every man from his evil way and amend your deeds, and do not go after other gods to worship them. Then you will dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your forefathers; but you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.

Zechariah 7:11
"But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing.
Treasury of Scripture

But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

they obeyed.

Jeremiah 7:24-26 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the …

Jeremiah 11:10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which …

Jeremiah 16:11,12 Then shall you say to them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, …

Jeremiah 19:15 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold…

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

Ezekiel 20:13,16,21 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they …

Zechariah 7:11,12 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

made.

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

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Jeremiah 6:8 Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest …

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face: though I taught …

Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also to you all my servants the prophets, rising up early …

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Proverbs 1:3,5 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity…

Proverbs 5:12 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof;

Proverbs 8:10 Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold.

Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Surely you will fear me, you will receive instruction; so …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

Verse 23. - This verse is modeled on Jeremiah 7:26, 28. But they obeyed not,.... Or, "heard not" (c); so as to observe and do; that is, their fathers did not; this command was very early disobeyed, and more or less in all intervening times:

neither inclined their ear; or listened attentively to what was said to them; but if they heard at all, it was in a very indifferent and careless manner, as if they cared not whether they heard or not; whereas persons intent on hearing bow the head, and turn the ear; and if they have one better than another, will turn that, in order to take in what they are attentive to; but so did not the Jewish fathers:

but made their neck stiff; or "hard" (d); and would not bend it, to take upon them the yoke of the commandments: a metaphor taken from untamed oxen, that will not submit the neck to the yoke, but draw back from it. The Septuagint and Arabic versions understand all this, not of the Jewish fathers of old, but of their children, even of the then present generation, rendering the words, "but hardened their neck more than their fathers"; they were more stiffnecked, refractory, and disobedient than they were; this was always the character of this people; as were the fathers, so were the children, if not worse; see Acts 7:51;

that they might not hear nor receive instruction; about the command of the sabbath, or any other: or "correction", or "discipline" (e); the yoke of which they were as unwilling to bear as the yoke of the commandments, Jeremiah 31:18.

(c) "non audiverunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt. (d) "sed obturarunt cervicem suam", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "indurarunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt. (e) "discliplinam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt. 23. (Jer 7:24, 26).17:19-27 The prophet was to lay before the rulers and the people of Judah, the command to keep holy the sabbath day. Let them strictly observe the fourth command. If they obeyed this word, their prosperity should be restored. It is a day of rest, and must not be made a day of labour, unless in cases of necessity. Take heed, watch against the profanation of the sabbath. Let not the soul be burdened with the cares of this world on sabbath days. The streams of religion run deep or shallow, according as the banks of the sabbath are kept up or neglected. The degree of strictness with which this ordinance is observed, or the neglect shown towards it, is a good test to find the state of spiritual religion in any land. Let all; by their own example, by attention to their families, strive to check this evil, that national prosperity may be preserved, and, above all, that souls may be saved.
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