They made their hearts as hard as flint and would not listen to the law or to the words that the LORD Almighty had sent by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. So the LORD Almighty was very angry.
Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts.
They made their hearts as hard as stone, so they could not hear the instructions or the messages that the LORD of Heaven’s Armies had sent them by his Spirit through the earlier prophets. That is why the LORD of Heaven’s Armies was so angry with them.
Yea, they made their hearts [as] an adamant
The word here used is translated a "diamond" in ( Jeremiah
17:1 ) and it is said to be harder than a flint, ( Ezekiel 3:9 ) . The
Jewish writers say
F7 it is a worm like a barley corn, so
strong as to cut the hardest stones in pieces; Moses (they say)
used it in hewing the stones for the two tables of the law, and in
fitting the precious stones in the ephod; and Solomon in cutting
the stones for the building of the temple; and is so hard that it
cannot be broken by iron: and as hard is naturally the heart of
man, and which becomes more so by sinning, and obstinate persisting
in it, that nothing can remove the hardness of it but the powerful
and efficacious grace of God: as hard as the adamant is, it is to
be softened by the blood of a goat, as naturalists says F8; so the
blood of Christ sprinkled on the heart, and a sense of forgiveness
of sin by it, will soften the hardest heart: lest they should
hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath seat in his Spirit by the former
the words of reproof, admonition, caution, and exhortation, which
Jeremiah and others were sent to deliver to them, under the
influence of the Spirit of God: therefore came a great wrath
from the Lord of hosts;
which brought the Chaldeans upon them, who carried them captive
into Babylon. F7 Misn. Sota, c. 9. sect. 12. Pirke Abot.
c. 5. sect. 5. & Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. Kimchi in 1 Reg. vi. 7.
Jarchi in Isa. v. 6. F8 Pausan. Arcadica, sive l. 8. p. 485.
Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 37. c. 4.