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Fausset's Bible Dictionary
"Lay down necks," i.e. risked their lives (Romans 16:4). Psalms 18:40, "Thou hast given ... necks of enemies," i.e. made them turn their backs in flight before me (Keil); so Exodus 23:27, or enabled me to put my foot on their necks, subjecting them utterly to me; as Joshua 10:24; Joshua 11:8; Joshua 11:12; Psalms 110:5. Isaiah 8:8, "he shall overflow, he shall reach even to the neck": when the waters reach the neck a man is near drowning; Sennacherib's overflowing hosts reached so far, but Jerusalem the head was not overflowed (Isaiah 30:28; Habakkuk 3:13). The "stiff neck" is an image from oxen unpliant and casting the "yoke" off the neck (Acts 7:51; Matthew 11:29). Contrast the yoke men must wear who reject Christ's easy yoke (Deuteronomy 28:48).
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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Neck'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/n/neck.html. 1949.
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30