Isaiah 48:4
Good News Translation
I knew that you would prove to be stubborn, as rigid as iron and unyielding as bronze.

Contemporary English Version
I knew you were stubborn and hardheaded.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass.

New American Bible
Because I know that you are stubborn and that your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead bronze,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass.

I knew

Isaiah 46:12 Who call a bird from the east, and from a far country the man of my own will, and I have spoken, and will bring it to pass: I have created, and I will do it. Hear me, O ye hardhearted, who are far from justice.

Psalm 78:8 That they may not become like their fathers, a perverse and exasperating generation. A generation that set not their heart aright: and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Zechariah 7:11,12 But they would not hearken, and they turned away the shoulder to depart: and they stopped their ears, not to hear. . . .

obstinate.

Jeremiah 5:3 O Lord, thy eyes are upon truth: thou hast struck them, and they have not grieved: thou hast bruised them, and they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than the rock, and they have refused to return.

Ezekiel 3:4-7 And he said to me: Son of man, go to the house of Israel, and thou shalt speak my words to them. . . .

Daniel 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit hardened unto pride, he was put down from the throne of his kingdom, and his glory was taken away.

Romans 2:5 But according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God:

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, whilst it is called to day, that none of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

and they

Exodus 32:9 And again the Lord said to Moses: I see that this people is stiffnecked:

Exodus 33:3,5 That thou mayst enter into the land that floweth with milk and honey. For I will not go up with thee, because thou art a stiffnecked people; lest I destroy thee in the way. . . .

Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.

Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know thy obstinacy, and thy most stiff neck. While I am yet living, and going in with you, you have always been rebellious against the Lord: how much more when I shall be dead?

2 Kings 17:14 And they hearkened not, but hardened their necks like to the neck of their fathers, who would not obey the Lord, their God.

2 Chronicles 30:8 Harden not your necks, as your fathers did: yield yourselves to the Lord, and come to his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified forever: serve the Lord the God of your fathers, and the wrath of his indignation shall be turned away from you.

2 Chronicles 36:13 He also revolted from king Nabuchodonosor, who had made him swear by God: and he hardened his neck and his heart, from returning to the Lord the God of Israel.

Nehemiah 9:16,17,28 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks and hearkened not to thy commandments. . . .

Psalm 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not iniquity against God.

Proverbs 29:1 The man that with a stiff neck despiseth him that reproveth him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

Jeremiah 7:26 And they have not hearkened to me: nor inclined their ear: but have hardened their neck, and have done worse than their fathers.

Jeremiah 19:15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold I will bring in upon this city, and upon all the cities thereof all the evils that I have spoken against it: because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words.

Zechariah 7:12 And they made their heart as the adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts sent in his spirit by the hand of the former prophets: so a great indignation came from Lord of hosts.

Acts 7:51 You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost. As your fathers did, so do you also.

they brow

Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers were withholden, and there was no lateward rain: thou hadst a harlot's forehead, thou wouldst not blush.

Ezekiel 3:7-9 But the house of Israel will not hearken to thee: because they will not hearken to me: for all the house of Israel are of a hard forehead and an obstinate heart. . . .

Context
Israel's Stubbornness
3The former things of old, I have declared, and they went forth out of my mouth, and I have made them to be heard: I did them suddenly and they came to pass. 4For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass.5I foretold thee of old, before they came to pass I told thee, lest thou shouldst say: My idols have done these things, and my graven and molten things have commanded them.…
Cross References
Acts 7:51
You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost. As your fathers did, so do you also.

Exodus 32:9
And again the Lord said to Moses: I see that this people is stiffnecked:

Deuteronomy 31:27
For I know thy obstinacy, and thy most stiff neck. While I am yet living, and going in with you, you have always been rebellious against the Lord: how much more when I shall be dead?

2 Chronicles 36:13
He also revolted from king Nabuchodonosor, who had made him swear by God: and he hardened his neck and his heart, from returning to the Lord the God of Israel.

Proverbs 29:1
The man that with a stiff neck despiseth him that reproveth him, shall suddenly be destroyed: and health shall not follow him.

Isaiah 46:12
Who call a bird from the east, and from a far country the man of my own will, and I have spoken, and will bring it to pass: I have created, and I will do it. Hear me, O ye hardhearted, who are far from justice.

Ezekiel 2:4
And they to whom I send thee are children of a hard face, and of an obstinate heart: and thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord God:

Ezekiel 3:7
But the house of Israel will not hearken to thee: because they will not hearken to me: for all the house of Israel are of a hard forehead and an obstinate heart.

Additional Translations
For I knew that you are stubborn; your neck is iron and your forehead is bronze.Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;

Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

I know that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy forehead brazen.

Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass,

Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;

From my knowing that thou art obstinate, And a sinew of iron thy neck, And thy forehead brass,
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