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.

Berean Study Bible
The LORD also said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and they are indeed 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:

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

Contemporary English Version
Moses, I have seen how stubborn these people are,

Good News Translation
I know how stubborn these people are.

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!

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to Moses, "I have seen these people, and look, they are a stiff-necked people.

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the LORD said unto Moses: 'I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people.

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, they are an obstinate people.

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;
Study Bible
Moses Informed of Israel's Sin
8How quickly they have turned aside from the way I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf and have bowed down to it, sacrificed to it, and said, ‘O Israel, this is your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.’” 9The LORD also said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and they are indeed a stiff-necked people. 10Now leave Me alone, so that My anger may burn against them and consume them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”…
Cross References
Acts 7:51
You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit, just as your fathers did.

Exodus 33:3
Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people; otherwise, 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 should go with you for a single moment, I would destroy you. Now take off your jewelry, and I will decide what to do with you.'"

Exodus 34:9
"O Lord," he said, "if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, my Lord, please go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our iniquity and sin, and take us as Your inheritance."

Numbers 14:11
And the LORD said to Moses, "How long will this people treat Me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in Me, despite all the signs I have performed among them?

Deuteronomy 9:13
The LORD also said to me, "I have seen this people, and indeed, they are a stiff-necked people.

Deuteronomy 31:27
For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are. If you are already rebelling against the LORD while I am still alive, how much more will you rebel after my death!

2 Kings 17:14
But they would not listen, and they stiffened their necks like their fathers, who did not believe the LORD their God.

2 Chronicles 30:8
Now do not stiffen your neck as your fathers did. Submit to the LORD and 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
Then they will not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose heart was not loyal, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

Isaiah 48:4
For I knew that you are stubborn; your neck is iron and your forehead is bronze.

Treasury of Scripture

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

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Deuteronomy 9:13 Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, …

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of …

Hosea 6:10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the …

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Exodus 33:3,5 To a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the …

Exodus 34:9 And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O LORD, let …

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

Deuteronomy 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.

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

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; …

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, …

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 …







(9) It is a stiff-necked people.--This phrase, afterwards so common (Exodus 33:3; Exodus 33:5; Exodus 34:5; Deuteronomy 9:6; Deuteronomy 9:13; Deuteronomy 10:16; 2Chronicles 30:8; 2Chronicles 36:13; Psalm 75:5; Jeremiah 17:23; Acts 7:51), occurs here for the first time. It is generally explained as "obstinate," but rather means "perverse," the metaphor being taken from the horse that stiffens his neck against the pull of the rein, and will not be guided by the rider. The LXX. omit the verse, for no intelligible reason.

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 hAnd 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. 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.
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