But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.
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They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
See also ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; sudden destruction for the unrepentant; a humbling on judgment day; ; ; ; King Nebuchadnezzar deposed; The people of Israel forget their God; ; Jesus Christ’s disciples amazed; ; The self-righteous store up wrath for the day of judgment.
“You warned them in order to turn them back to your law, but they became arrogant and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, of which you said, ‘The person who obeys them will live by them.’ Stubbornly they turned their backs on you, became stiff-necked and refused to listen.
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When people persistently refuse to obey God, he brings about a condition where they cannot obey him, and consequently cannot receive his blessing.
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All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations—
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