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Portion of the body connecting the head to the torso. To put one's feet on the neck of an enemy is a sign of complete victory (Joshua 10:24 ). A yoke placed on the neck is a frequent emblem of servitude (Genesis 27:40 ; Deuteronomy 28:48 ; Isaiah 10:27 ). To fall upon someone's neck with weeping or kissing is a special sign of tenderness (Genesis 33:4 ; Genesis 45:14 ; compare Luke 15:20 ). To be stiff-necked or to harden one's neck is a common picture of stubborn disobedience (Exodus 32:9 ; Exodus 33:3 ,Exodus 33:3,33:5 ).

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Neck'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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