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Ezekiel 3:7-9

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3:7 But the house of Israel is unwilling to listen to you, 1  because they are not willing to listen to me, 2  for the whole house of Israel is hard-headed and hard-hearted. 3 

3:8 “I have made your face adamant 4  to match their faces, and your forehead hard to match their foreheads. 3:9 I have made your forehead harder than flint – like diamond! 5  Do not fear them or be terrified of the looks they give you, 6  for they are a rebellious house.”

1 sn Moses (Exod 3:19) and Isaiah (Isa 6:9-10) were also told that their messages would not be received.

2 sn A similar description of Israel’s disobedience is given in 1 Sam 8:7.

3 tn Heb “hard of forehead and stiff of heart.”

4 tn Heb “strong, resolute.”

5 tn The Hebrew term translated “diamond” is parallel to “iron” in Jer 17:1. The Hebrew uses two terms which are both translated at times as “flint,” but here one is clearly harder than the other. The translation “diamond” attempts to reflect this distinction in English.

6 tn Heb “of their faces.”



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