Parallel Verses

Youngs Literal Translation

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

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

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.


Root Form
Usage: 692

תּוכחת תּוכחה 
Usage: 28

Usage: 28

Usage: 35

Usage: 7

Usage: 148




Context Readings

All About Life

1 A man often reproved, hardening the neck, Is suddenly broken, and there is no healing. 2 In the multiplying of the righteous the people rejoice, And in the ruling of the wicked the people sigh.

Cross References

Proverbs 6:15

Therefore suddenly cometh his calamity, Instantly he is broken -- and no healing.

1 Samuel 2:25

If a man sin against a man, then hath God judged him; but if against Jehovah a man sin, who doth pray for him?' and they hearken not to the voice of their father, though Jehovah hath delighted to put them to death.

Proverbs 1:24-31

Because I have called, and ye refuse, I stretched out my hand, and none is attending,

1 Samuel 2:34

and this is to thee the sign that cometh unto thy two sons, unto Hophni and Phinehas -- in one day they die both of them;

1 Kings 17:1

And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, saith unto Ahab, 'Jehovah, God of Israel, liveth, before whom I have stood, there is not these years dew and rain, except according to my word.'

1 Kings 18:18

And he saith, 'I have not troubled Israel, but thou and the house of thy father, in your forsaking the commands of Jehovah, and thou goest after the Baalim;

1 Kings 20:42

and he saith unto him, 'Thus said Jehovah, Because thou hast sent away the man I devoted, out of thy hand, even thy life hath been for his life, and thy people for his people;'

1 Kings 21:20-23

And Ahab saith unto Elijah, 'Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?' and he saith, 'I have found -- because of thy selling thyself to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah;

1 Kings 22:20-23

and Jehovah saith, Who doth entice Ahab, and he doth go up and fall in Ramoth-Gilead? and this one saith thus, and that one is saying thus.

1 Kings 22:28

And Micaiah saith, 'If thou at all return in peace -- Jehovah hath not spoken by me;' and he saith, 'Hear, O peoples, all of them.'

1 Kings 22:34-37

And a man hath drawn with a bow, in his simplicity, and smiteth the king of Israel between the joinings and the coat of mail, and he saith to his charioteer, 'Turn thy hand, and take me out from the camp, for I have become sick.'

2 Chronicles 25:16

And it cometh to pass, in his speaking unto him, that he saith to him, 'For a counsellor to the king have we appointed thee? cease for thee; why do they smite thee?' And the prophet ceaseth, and saith, 'I have known that God hath counselled to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened to my counsel.'

2 Chronicles 33:10

And Jehovah speaketh unto Manasseh and unto his people, and they have not attended,

2 Chronicles 36:13

and also, against king Nebuchadnezzar he hath rebelled, who had caused him to swear by God, and he hardeneth his neck, and strengtheneth his heart, against turning back unto Jehovah, God of Israel.

2 Chronicles 36:15-17

And Jehovah, God of their fathers, sendeth unto them by the hand of His messengers -- rising early and sending -- for He hath had pity on His people, and on His habitation,

Nehemiah 9:29

and dost testify against them, to bring them back unto Thy law; and they -- they have acted proudly, and have not hearkened to Thy commands, and against Thy judgments have sinned, -- which man doth and hath lived in them -- and they give a refractory shoulder, and their neck have hardened, and have not hearkened.

Proverbs 28:18

Whoso is walking uprightly is saved, And the perverted of ways falleth at once.

Isaiah 30:13-14

Therefore is this iniquity to you as a breach falling, Swelled out in a wall set on high, Whose destruction suddenly, at an instant cometh.

Isaiah 48:4

From my knowing that thou art obstinate, And a sinew of iron thy neck, And thy forehead brass,

Jeremiah 17:23

And they have not hearkened nor inclined their ear, And they stiffen their neck not to hear, And not to receive instruction.

Jeremiah 25:3-5

From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, and unto this day -- this three and twentieth year -- hath the word of Jehovah been unto me, and I speak unto you, rising early and speaking, and ye have not hearkened;

Jeremiah 26:3-5

If so be they hearken, and turn back each from his evil way, then I have repented concerning the evil that I am thinking of doing to them, because of the evil of their doings.

Jeremiah 35:13-16

Go, and thou hast said to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Do ye not receive instruction? -- to hearken unto My words -- an affirmation of Jehovah.

Zechariah 1:3-6

And thou hast said unto them, Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, turn back unto Me, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, And I turn back unto you, said Jehovah of Hosts.

Zechariah 7:11-14

And they refuse to attend, And they give a refractory shoulder, And their ears have made heavy against hearing.

Matthew 26:21-25

and while they are eating, he said, 'Verily I say to you, that one of you shall deliver me up.'

John 6:70-71

Jesus answered them, 'Did not I choose you -- the twelve? and of you -- one is a devil.

John 13:10-11

Jesus saith to him, 'He who hath been bathed hath no need save to wash his feet, but he is clean altogether; and ye are clean, but not all;'

John 13:18

not concerning you all do I speak; I have known whom I chose for myself; but that the Writing may be fulfilled: He who is eating the bread with me, did lift up against me his heel.

John 13:26

Jesus answereth, 'That one it is to whom I, having dipped the morsel, shall give it;' and having dipped the morsel, he giveth it to Judas of Simon, Iscariot.

Acts 1:18

this one, indeed, then, purchased a field out of the reward of unrighteousness, and falling headlong, burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed forth,

Acts 1:25

to receive the share of this ministration and apostleship, from which Judas, by transgression, did fall, to go on to his proper place;'

1 Thessalonians 5:3

for when they may say, Peace and surety, then sudden destruction doth stand by them, as the travail doth her who is with child, and they shall not escape;

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