Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.

King James Version

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Holman Bible

One who becomes stiff-necked,
after many reprimands
will be shattered instantly—
beyond recovery.

International Standard Version

After many rebukes, the stiff-necked man will be broken incurably, without any warning.

A Conservative Version

He who, being often reproved, hardens his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

American Standard Version

He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck Shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.


He who hardens his neck and refuses instruction after being often reproved (corrected, criticized),
Will suddenly be broken beyond repair.

Bible in Basic English

A man hating sharp words and making his heart hard, will suddenly be broken and will not be made well again.

Darby Translation

He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and without remedy.

Julia Smith Translation

A Man of reproofs hardening the neck, shall be suddenly broken, and no healing.

King James 2000

He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

Lexham Expanded Bible

A man who is reproved, being stubborn of neck-- suddenly he will be broken, and there will not be healing.

Modern King James verseion

A man who hardens his neck when reproved shall be suddenly broken, and there will be no healing.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He that is stiff necked and will not be reformed, shall suddenly be destroyed without any help.

NET Bible

The one who stiffens his neck after numerous rebukes will suddenly be destroyed without remedy.

New Heart English Bible

He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.

The Emphasized Bible

He that being often reproved stiffeneth his neck, suddenly shall be hurt, and there be no healing.


He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.

World English Bible

He who is often rebuked and stiffens his neck will be destroyed suddenly, with no remedy.

Youngs Literal Translation

A man often reproved, hardening the neck, Is suddenly broken, and there is no healing.


Root Form
Usage: 692

תּוכחת תּוכחה 
Usage: 28

Usage: 28

Usage: 35

Usage: 7

Usage: 148




Context Readings

All About Life

1 A man who hardens his neck after much reproof
Will suddenly be broken beyond remedy.
2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
But when a wicked man rules, people groan.

Cross References

Proverbs 6:15

Therefore his calamity will come suddenly;
Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.

1 Samuel 2:25

If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the Lord desired to put them to death.

Proverbs 1:24-31

“Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;

1 Samuel 2:34

This will be the sign to you which will come concerning your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas: on the same day both of them will die.

1 Kings 17:1

Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”

1 Kings 18:18

He said, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and you have followed the Baals.

1 Kings 20:42

He said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Because you have let go out of your hand the man whom I had devoted to destruction, therefore your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people.’”

1 Kings 21:20-23

Ahab said to Elijah, “Have you found me, O my enemy?” And he answered, “I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the Lord.

1 Kings 22:20-23

The Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that.

1 Kings 22:28

Micaiah said, “If you indeed return safely the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Listen, all you people.”

1 Kings 22:34-37

Now a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel in a joint of the armor. So he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and take me out of the fight; for I am severely wounded.”

2 Chronicles 25:16

As he was talking with him, the king said to him, “Have we appointed you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” Then the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has planned to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

2 Chronicles 33:10

The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention.

2 Chronicles 36:13

He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar who had made him swear allegiance by God. But he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to the Lord God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 36:15-17

The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;

Nehemiah 9:29

And admonished them in order to turn them back to Your law.
Yet they acted arrogantly and did not listen to Your commandments but sinned against Your ordinances,
By which if a man observes them he shall live.
And they turned a stubborn shoulder and stiffened their neck, and would not listen.

Proverbs 28:18

He who walks blamelessly will be delivered,
But he who is crooked will fall all at once.

Isaiah 30:13-14

Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,

Isaiah 48:4

“Because I know that you are obstinate,
And your neck is an iron sinew
And your forehead bronze,

Jeremiah 17:23

Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

Jeremiah 25:3-5

“From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.

Jeremiah 26:3-5

Perhaps they will listen and everyone will turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the calamity which I am planning to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.’

Jeremiah 35:13-16

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, “Will you not receive instruction by listening to My words?” declares the Lord.

Zechariah 1:3-6

Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the Lord of hosts.

Zechariah 7:11-14

But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears from hearing.

Matthew 26:21-25

As they were eating, He said, Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me.”

John 6:70-71

Jesus answered them, Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?”

John 13:10-11

Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

John 13:18

I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’

John 13:26

Jesus then *answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.

Acts 1:18

(Now this man acquired a field with the price of his wickedness, and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his intestines gushed out.

Acts 1:25

to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

1 Thessalonians 5:3

While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

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