Proverbs 29:1
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New International Version
Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.

New Living Translation
Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.

English Standard Version
He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

New American Standard Bible
A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

King James Bible
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be shattered instantly-- beyond recovery.

International Standard Version
After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.

NET Bible
The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The man that does not receive rebuke and hardens his neck will quickly be ruined and there will be no healing for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A person who will not bend after many warnings will suddenly be broken beyond repair.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that being often reproved hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy.

King James 2000 Bible
He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

American King James Version
He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

American Standard Version
He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The man that with a stiff neck despiseth him that reproveth him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

Darby Bible Translation
He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and without remedy.

English Revised Version
He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be broken, and that without remedy.

Webster's Bible Translation
He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

World English Bible
He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.

Young's Literal Translation
A man often reproved, hardening the neck, Is suddenly broken, and there is no healing.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

29:1 If God wounds, who can heal? The word of God warns all to flee from the wrath to come, to the hope set before us in Jesus Christ. 2. The people have cause to rejoice or mourn, as their rulers are righteous or wicked. 3. Divine wisdom best keeps us from ruinous lusts. 4. The Lord Jesus is the King who will minister true judgment to the people. 5. Flatterers put men off their guard, which betrays them into foolish conduct. 6. Transgressions always end in vexations. Righteous men walk at liberty, and walk in safety. 7. This verse is applicable to compassion for the distress of the poor, and the unfeeling disregard shown by the wicked. 8. The scornful mock at things sacred and serious. Men who promote religion, which is true wisdom, turn away the wrath of God. 9. If a wise man dispute with a conceited wrangler, he will be treated with anger or ridicule; and no good is done. 10. Christ told his disciples that they should be hated of all men. The just, whom the blood-thirsty hate, gladly do any thing for their salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck; literally, a man of reproofs - one who has had a long experience of rebukes and warnings. Compare "a man of sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3). The hardening of the neck is a metaphor derived from obstinate draught animals who will not submit to the yoke (Deuteronomy 10:16; Jeremiah 2:20; Jeremiah 27:8). Christ calls his yoke easy, and bids his followers to bear it bravely (Matthew 11:29. etc.). The reproofs may arise from the Holy Spirit and the conscience, from the teaching of the past, or from the counsel of friends. The LXX. (as some other Jewish interpreters) takes the expression in the text actively, "A man who reproves (ἐλέγχων) is better than one of stiff neck." Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy (Proverbs 6:15; Proverbs 15:10). The incorrigible and self-deluding sinners shall come to a fearful and sudden end, though retribution be delayed (comp. Job 34:20; Psalm 2:9; Jeremiah 19:11). And there is no hope in their end; despising all correction, they can have no possibility of restoration. We may refer, as an illustration, to that terrible passage in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hebrews 6:4, etc.), and to the fate of the Jews unto the present day. Septuagint, "For when he is burning suddenly, there is no remedy."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

He that being often reported hardeneth his neck,.... Or "a man of reproofs" (d); either a man that takes upon him to be a censurer and reprover of others, and is often at that work, and yet does those things himself which he censures and reproves in others; and therefore must have an impudent face and a hard heart a seared conscience and a stiff neck; his neck must be an iron sinew and his brow brass: or rather a man that is often reproved by others by parents by ministers of the Gospel, by the Lord himself, by the admonitions of his word and Spirit and by the correcting dispensations of his providence; and yet despises and rejects all counsel and admonition, instruction and reproofs of every kind, and hardens himself against them and shows no manner of regard unto them. The metaphor is taken from oxen, which kick and toss about and will not suffer the yoke to be put upon their necks. Such an one

shall suddenly be destroyed; or "broken" (e); as a potter's vessel is broken to pieces with an iron rod, and can never he put together again; so such persons shall be punished with everlasting destruction, which shall come upon them suddenly, when they are crying Peace to themselves notwithstanding the reproofs of God and men;

and that without remedy; or, "and there is no healing" (f); no cure of their disease, which is obstinate; no pardon of their sins; no recovery of them out of their miserable and undone state and condition; they are irretrievably lost; there is no help for them, having despised advice and instruction; see Proverbs 5:12.

(d) "vir increpationum", Vatablus, Montanus, Mercerus, Gejerus; "vir correptionum", Piscator, Michaelis; "vir redargutionum", Schultens. (e) "conteretur", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, &c. "confringetur", Schultens; so Baynus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius. (f) "et non (erit) sanitas", Pagninus, Montanus, Baynus; "non sit curatio", Junius & Tremellius; "medicina", Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary


Pr 29:1-27.

1. hardeneth … neck—obstinately refuses counsel (2Ki 17:14; Ne 9:16).

destroyed—literally, "shivered" or "utterly broken to pieces."

without remedy—literally, "without healing" or repairing.

Proverbs 29:1 Additional Commentaries
The Stiff-Necked will Be Destroyed
1A man who hardens his neck after much reproof Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy. 2When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 2:25
If one person sins against another, God may mediate for the offender; but if anyone sins against the LORD, who will intercede for them?" His sons, however, did not listen to their father's rebuke, for it was the LORD's will to put them to death.

2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

Job 9:4
His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?

Proverbs 1:24
But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

Proverbs 6:15
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.

Proverbs 28:28
When the wicked rise to power, people go into hiding; but when the wicked perish, the righteous thrive.

Isaiah 48:4
For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze.

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

Jeremiah 36:31
I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.'"

Habakkuk 2:7
Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey.
Treasury of Scripture

He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

he, that being often reproved or a man of reproofs

Proverbs 1:24-31 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, …

1 Samuel 2:25,34 If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if …

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

1 Kings 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father's …

1 Kings 20:42 And he said to him, Thus said the LORD, Because you have let go out …

1 Kings 21:20-23 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

1 Kings 22:20-23,28,34-37 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and …

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

2 Chronicles 33:10 And the LORD spoke to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not listen.

2 Chronicles 36:15-17 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Jeremiah 25:3-5 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, …

Jeremiah 26:3-5 If so be they will listen, and turn every man from his evil way, …

Jeremiah 35:13-16 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men …

Zechariah 1:3-6 Therefore say you to them, Thus said the LORD of hosts; Turn you …

Matthew 26:21-25 And as they did eat, he said, Truly I say to you, that one of you …

John 6:70,71 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil…

John 13:10,11,18,26 Jesus said to him, He that is washed needs not save to wash his feet, …

Acts 1:18,25 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling …


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

Nehemiah 9:29 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your …

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

Jeremiah 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck …


Proverbs 6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be …

Proverbs 28:18 Whoever walks uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in …

Isaiah 30:13,14 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, …

Zechariah 7:11-14 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

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