Zechariah 7:11

11 “But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.

Read Zechariah 7:11 Using Other Translations

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear.
“Your ancestors refused to listen to this message. They stubbornly turned away and put their fingers in their ears to keep from hearing.

What does Zechariah 7:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Zechariah 7:11

But they refused to hearken
. That is, the Jews, before the captivity, refusal to give heed to the above exhortations, and obey the voice of God in them: and pulled away the shoulder;
from serving the Lord, and supporting his interest: or "they gave", or presented, "a rebellious shoulder" {f}; a refractory one, that slides back, like a backsliding or refractory heifer, that will not admit of the yoke, ( Hosea 4:16 ) so these could not bear the yoke of the law, nor the burden of duty; nor suffer the words of exhortation, or receive the admonitions given them: and stopped their ears, that they should not hear;
like the deaf adder, ( Psalms 58:4 Psalms 58:5 ) they would not hear, and pretended they could not; which was an instance of contempt to the speakers.


F6 (trro Ptk) "scapulam aversam", Pagninus; "deflectentem", Montanus; "rebellem", Munster, Tigurine version; "refractarium", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Ben Melech.
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