New International Version
"Can a man break iron-- iron from the north--or bronze?
King James Bible
Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
Darby Bible Translation
Will iron break? iron from the north? and bronze?
World English Bible
Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?
Young's Literal Translation
Doth one break iron -- northern iron, and brass?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel? - Shall our weak forces be able to oppose and overcome the powers of the Chaldeans? נחשת nechasheth, which we here translate steel, property signifies brass or copper united with tin, which gives it much hardness, and enables it to bear a good edge.
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LibraryThe Northern Iron and the Steel
That being the literal meaning, we shall draw from our text a general principle. It is a proverbial expression, no doubt, and applicable to many other matters besides that of the prophet and the Jews; it is clearly meant to show, that in order to achieve a purpose, there must be a sufficient force. The weaker cannot overcome the stronger. In a general clash the firmest will win. There must be sufficient firmness in the instrument or the work cannot be done. You cannot cut granite with a pen-knife, …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
The Sins of Communities Noted and Punished.
"'For your northern boundary, run a line from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor
This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will put an iron yoke on the necks of all these nations to make them serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they will serve him. I will even give him control over the wild animals.'"
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