Parallel Verses

New Heart English Bible

Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and bronze?

New American Standard Bible

“Can anyone smash iron,
Iron from the north, or bronze?

King James Version

Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?

Holman Bible

Can anyone smash iron,
iron from the north, or bronze?

International Standard Version

"Can anyone break iron iron from the north or bronze?

A Conservative Version

Can a man break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?

American Standard Version

Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?


“Can anyone crush iron,
The iron from the north, or bronze?

Bible in Basic English

Is it possible for iron to be broken; even iron from the north, and brass?

Darby Translation

Will iron break? iron from the north? and bronze?

Julia Smith Translation

Shall iron break the iron of the north, and brass?

King James 2000

Can anyone break iron, the northern iron and the bronze?

Lexham Expanded Bible

Can anyone break iron, iron from the north, or bronze?

Modern King James verseion

Can one break iron, iron or bronze from the north?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Doth one iron hurt another, or one metal that cometh from the North, another?

NET Bible

Can you people who are like iron and bronze break that iron fist from the north?

The Emphasized Bible

Shall iron crush the iron from the North and the bronze?


Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?

World English Bible

Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?

Youngs Literal Translation

Doth one break iron -- northern iron, and brass?


Root Form
Usage: 76

Usage: 98

the northern
צפן צפון 
Usage: 153

Usage: 76





Context Readings

Jeremiah's Lament And Yahweh's Response

11 The LORD said, "Most certainly I will strengthen you for good; most certainly I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you in the time of evil and in the time of distress. 12 Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and bronze? 13 Your substance and your treasures will I give for a spoil without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders.

Cross References

Jeremiah 1:18-19

For, behold, I have made you this day a fortified city, and an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against its officials, against its priests, and against the people of the land.

Habakkuk 1:5-10

"Look, you scoffers, watch, and wonder marvelously, and perish; for I am working a work in your days, which you will not believe though it is told you.

Job 40:9

Or do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like him?

Isaiah 45:9

Woe to him who strives with his Maker, a clay pot among the clay pots of the earth. Shall the clay ask him who fashions it, 'What are you making?' or your work, 'He has no hands?'

Jeremiah 21:4-5

'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans who besiege you, without the walls; and I will gather them into the midst of this city.

Jeremiah 28:14

For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "I have put a yoke of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the animals of the field also."'"

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