But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they stopped up their ears from hearing.
Cross ReferencesMatthew 13:15
For this people's heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.'
You admonished them to turn back to Your law, but they were arrogant and disobeyed Your commandments. They sinned against Your ordinances, by which a man will live if he practices them. They stubbornly shrugged their shoulders; they stiffened their necks and would not obey.
Their venom is like the poison of a serpent, like a cobra that shuts its ears,
Because you refused my call, and no one took my outstretched hand,
Listen to Me, you stubborn people, far removed from righteousness:
O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.
Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.
Yet they would not listen to Me or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and did more evil than their fathers.'
Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.
They have returned to the sins of their forefathers who refused to obey My words. They have followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant I made with their fathers.
Yet they would not listen or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and would not listen or receive My discipline.
But if you do not listen to Me to keep the Sabbath day holy by not carrying a load while entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire in its gates to consume the citadels of Jerusalem.'"
For I have told you today, but you have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God in all He has sent me to tell you.
But she has rebelled against My ordinances more wickedly than the nations, and against My statutes worse than the countries around her. For her people have rejected My ordinances and have not walked in My statutes.'
Chapter Outline1. The captives enquire concerning the set fasts.
4. Zechariah reproves the hypocrisy of their fasting.
8. Sin the cause of their captivity.
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2 Kings 17:13-15
2 Chronicles 33:10
Nehemiah 9:17, 26, 29
Isaiah 1:19, 20
Jeremiah 6:16, 17
Jeremiah 26:5, 6
pulled away the shoulder.
Hebrews 10:38, 39
Psalm 58:4, 5
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