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Isaiah 48:4
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 know that you are obstinate, And your neck is an iron tendon And your brow is bronze [both unyielding],
Because I knew that you were obstinate, and your neck was an iron sinew and your brow was brass,
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
Because I know that you are stubborn, your neck is made of iron, and your forehead is bronze.
Because I knew that you were stubborn, your neck an iron sinew, your forehead bronze,
I knew you were stubborn and hardheaded.
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass,
For I knew that thou art stubborn, and thy neck is as an iron sinew, and thy forehead as brass.
I did that because I knew you were stubborn. You were like iron that will not bend, with heads as hard as bronze.
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
I knew you were stubborn; your neck was like an iron muscle, and your ·head [forehead; brow] was like bronze.
Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass,
I know that you are stubborn. Like iron, you are hardheaded. Like bronze, nothing gets through your thick skull.
I knew that you would prove to be stubborn, as rigid as iron and unyielding as bronze.
Because I know that you are stubborn, and your neck is iron and your forehead bronze,
I did that because I knew you were stubborn. Your neck was like an iron muscle. It was as if your head were made of bronze.
Because I knew that you are obstinate, and because your neck is an iron sinew, and your forehead is bronze,
Because I know that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow bronze;
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 know that you are obstinate, and your neck an iron sinew, and your forehead bronze.
I knew how hard and obstinate you are. Your necks are as unbending as iron; you are as hardheaded as brass.
“And now listen to this, family of Jacob, you who are called by the name Israel: Who got you started in the loins of Judah, you who use God’s name to back up your promises and pray to the God of Israel? But do you mean it? Do you live like it? You claim to be citizens of the Holy City; you act as though you lean on the God of Israel, named God-of-the-Angel-Armies. For a long time now, I’ve let you in on the way I work: I told you what I was going to do beforehand, then I did it and it was done, and that’s that. I know you’re a bunch of hardheads, obstinate and flint-faced, So I got a running start and began telling you what was going on before it even happened. That is why you can’t say, ‘My god-idol did this.’ ‘My favorite god-carving commanded this.’ You have all this evidence confirmed by your own eyes and ears. Shouldn’t you be talking about it? And that was just the beginning. I have a lot more to tell you, things you never knew existed. This isn’t a variation on the same old thing. This is new, brand-new, something you’d never guess or dream up. When you hear this you won’t be able to say, ‘I knew that all along.’ You’ve never been good listeners to me. You have a history of ignoring me, A sorry track record of fickle attachments— rebels from the womb. But out of the sheer goodness of my heart, because of who I am, I keep a tight rein on my anger and hold my temper. I don’t wash my hands of you. Do you see what I’ve done? I’ve refined you, but not without fire. I’ve tested you like silver in the furnace of affliction. Out of myself, simply because of who I am, I do what I do. I have my reputation to keep up. I’m not playing second fiddle to either gods or people.
Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow bronze;
I know that you are stubborn. Like iron, you are hardheaded. Like bronze, nothing gets through your thick skull.
Because I know that you are stubborn and that your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead bronze,
“Because I know that you are obstinate, And your neck is an iron sinew And your forehead bronze,
I knew you were stubborn; your neck was like an iron muscle, and your head was like bronze.
I did this because I know how stubborn you are. Your neck muscles are like iron and your forehead like bronze.
I knew how stubborn you were. Your neck muscles were as unbending as iron. Your forehead was as hard as bronze.
For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze.
For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze.
Because I knew that you were obstinate, And your neck was an iron sinew, And your brow bronze,
I know that your heart is hard. Your neck is like iron, and your forehead is like brass.
For I know how stubborn and obstinate you are. Your necks are as unbending as iron. Your heads are as hard as bronze.
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I knew that thou art kesheh (obstinate, stubborn) and thy oref (neck) is sinew of barzel (iron), and thy metzach (brow, forehead) bronze;
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
Because I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew and your forehead brass,
For I know that you are obstinate, and your neck is iron sinew, and your forehead bronze.
Long ago, I figured that you’d resist (after all, you are a hard-headed and stubborn lot).
Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your brow brass;
For I knew that thou art hard, and thy noll is (like) a sinew of iron, and thy forehead is (like) of brass.
From my knowing that thou art obstinate, And a sinew of iron thy neck, And thy forehead brass,
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