Nehemiah 9:16
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New International Version
"But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands.

New Living Translation
"But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands.

English Standard Version
“But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments.

New American Standard Bible
"But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments.

King James Bible
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But our ancestors acted arrogantly; they became stiff-necked and did not listen to Your commands.

International Standard Version
"But they—our ancestors—became arrogant and stubborn, refusing to listen to your commands.

NET Bible
"But they--our ancestors--behaved presumptuously; they rebelled and did not obey your commandments.

New Heart English Bible
"But they and our fathers dealt proudly and hardened their neck, did not listen to your commandments,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they-our own ancestors-acted arrogantly. They became stubborn and wouldn't obey your commands.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their neck, and hearkened not to Thy commandments,

New American Standard 1977
“But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly;
            They became stubborn and would not listen to Thy commandments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they and our fathers dealt proudly and hardened their necks and did not hearken unto thy commandments

King James 2000 Bible
But they and our fathers acted presumptuously, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to your commandments,

American King James Version
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and listened not to your commandments,

American Standard Version
But they and our fathers dealt proudly and hardened their neck, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks and hearkened not to thy commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
But they, our fathers, dealt proudly, and hardened their neck, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

English Revised Version
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their neck, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

Webster's Bible Translation
But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,

World English Bible
"But they and our fathers dealt proudly and hardened their neck, didn't listen to your commandments,

Young's Literal Translation
'And they and our fathers have acted proudly, and harden their neck, and have not hearkened unto Thy commands,
Study Bible
The People Confess Their Sins
15"You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them. 16"But they, our fathers, acted arrogantly; They became stubborn and would not listen to Your commandments. 17"They refused to listen, And did not remember Your wondrous deeds which You had performed among them; So they became stubborn and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But You are a God of forgiveness, Gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness; And You did not forsake them.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:26
"Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the LORD your God;

Deuteronomy 31:27
"For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the LORD; how much more, then, after my death?

Nehemiah 9:10
"Then You performed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants and all the people of his land; For You knew that they acted arrogantly toward them, And made a name for Yourself as it is this day.

Nehemiah 9:29
And admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law. Yet they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances, By which if a man observes them he shall live. And they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.

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.

Ezekiel 5:6
'But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations and against My statutes more than the lands which surround her; for they have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.'
Treasury of Scripture

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and listened not to your commandments,

dealt. See on

Nehemiah 9:10,29 And showed signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, …

Exodus 32:9 And the LORD said to Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, …

Deuteronomy 9:6,13,23,24,27 Understand therefore, that the LORD your God gives you not this good …

Deuteronomy 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxen fat, you are grown …

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

Psalm 106:6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have …

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned …

Jeremiah 2:31 O generation, see you the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness …

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

hardened

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

2 Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like …

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

2 Chronicles 36:13 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him …

Psalm 95:8-10 Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of …

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

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

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

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Hebrews 3:13,15 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any …

hearkened

Exodus 15:26 And said, If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD …

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Psalm 81:8,11-14 Hear, O my people, and I will testify to you: O Israel, if you will …

Isaiah 48:18 O that you had listened to my commandments! then had your peace been …

(16) Dealt proudly.--Like the Egyptians themselves (Nehemiah 9:10). It is remarkable that the same word is used as in the Hebrew of Exodus 18:11 and Deuteronomy 1:43.

Verse 16. - They and our fathers. Rather, "they, our fathers." The vau is used exegetically. Dealt proudly. i.e. "acted insolently." Compare Deuteronomy 1:43, where the same verb is translated "were presumptuous" (marg.). Hardened their necks. So in 2 Kings 17:14. But they and our fathers dealt proudly,.... Behaved in a haughty manner towards God, their kind benefactor:

and hardened their necks; refused to take the yoke of his law, as refractory oxen, that withdraw their necks from the yoke:

and hearkened not to thy commandments; to do them, though they promised they would, Exodus 24:7. 9:4-38 The summary of their prayers we have here upon record. Much more, no doubt, was said. Whatever ability we have to do any thing in the way of duty, we are to serve and glorify God according to the utmost of it. When confessing our sins, it is good to notice the mercies of God, that we may be the more humbled and ashamed. The dealings of the Lord showed his goodness and long-suffering, and the hardness of their hearts. The testimony of the prophets was the testimony of the Spirit in the prophets, and it was the Spirit of Christ in them. They spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and what they said is to be received accordingly. The result was, wonder at the Lord's mercies, and the feeling that sin had brought them to their present state, from which nothing but unmerited love could rescue them. And is not their conduct a specimen of human nature? Let us study the history of our land, and our own history. Let us recollect our advantages from childhood, and ask what were our first returns? Let us frequently do so, that we may be kept humble, thankful, and watchful. Let all remember that pride and obstinacy are sins which ruin the soul. But it is often as hard to persuade the broken-hearted to hope, as formerly it was to bring them to fear. Is this thy case? Behold this sweet promise, A God ready to pardon! Instead of keeping away from God under a sense of unworthiness, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. He is a God ready to pardon.
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