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Nehemiah 9:16

16 “But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands.

Read Nehemiah 9:16 Using Other Translations

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,
"But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments.
“But our ancestors were proud and stubborn, and they paid no attention to your commands.

What does Nehemiah 9:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Nehemiah 9:16

But they and our fathers dealt proudly
Behaved in a haughty manner towards God, their kind benefactor:

and hardened their necks;
refused to take the yoke of his law, as refractory oxen, that withdraw their necks from the yoke:

and hearkened not to thy commandments;
to do them, though they promised they would, ( Exodus 24:7 ) .

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