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“As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”

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Ezekiel 3:9 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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As an adamant כְּשָׁמִ֛יר A thorn; also (from its keenness for scratching) a gem, probably the diamond adamant
harder חָזָ֥ק Strong (usu. in a bad sense, hard, bold, violent) harder
than flint מִצֹּ֖ר A stone (as if pressed hard or to a point); (by implication, of use) a knife than flint
have I made נָתַ֣תִּי To give, used with greatest latitude of application (put, make, etc.) made
thy forehead: מִצְחֶ֑ךָ The forehead (as open and prominent) forehead
fear תִירָ֤א To fear; morally to revere; causatively to frighten fear
them not, לֹֽא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
neither וְלֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles neither
be dismayed תֵחַ֣ת Properly, to prostrate; hence, to break down, either (literally) by violence, or (figuratively) by confusion and fear dismayed
at their looks, מִפְּנֵיהֶ֔ם The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) looks
though כִּ֛י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed though
they הֵֽמָּה׃ They (only used when emphatic) they
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a rebellious מְרִ֖י Bitterness, i.e., (figuratively) rebellion; concretely, bitter, or rebellious rebellious
house. בֵּ֥ית A house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.) house

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  • 7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

  • 8  Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.

  • 9  As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

  • 10  Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.

  • 11  And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.


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