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9 And all
the people [`am] shall know, [yada`] even
Ephraim ['Ephrayim] and the inhabitant [yashab] of Samaria, [Shomarown]
that say ['amar] in the pride [ga`avah] and stoutness [godel] of
heart, [lebab] KJV-Interlinear
9 And all
the people know it, That is, Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria, Asserting
in pride and in arrogance of heart: NASB
Both Ephraim and Samaria, are the tribe and capital of the northern kingdom, and the people that live there and follow the general consensus of the public opinions prevalent there.
Namely, the general anti-God attitude first, in rejecting the chosen leadership of David, and thereafter choosing their own line of leadership. And second, in their departure from God, as symbolized by their separation from Judah, as a separate nation, not Gods chosen nation, but their own self chosen nation.
In their pride and stoutness of heart, is a phrase that indicates the ingrained attitude of self-confidence, self-resourcefulness, self-direction, self-lifestyle, all of which are separate and apart from God and Gods divine plan.
And the people shall know, is not an 'I told you so.' It is a statement of fact.
God has given to all, the warning of the judgments that are coming due to their negative spiritual attitude, and general indifference toward God.
And if you notice, from all of our bible studies, it is not really God who judges, but it is people who get themselves into trouble by ignoring truth.
In the case of Israel, they rejected truth. And truth includes many things such as the principle studying in order to learn and prepare. No preparation means defeat. No military, means defeat. No freedom means limited opportunity. No liberty means too few decision makers which leads to limited innovation, limited prosperity, and so forth.
Lack of truth means weakness and weak choices, and dependence on something else. Combine these two things with arrogance, which is really the foundation of all anti-truth attitudes, and you become a slave to something else, namely sin, such as greed, selfishness, and so forth.
The northern kingdom was greedy and overestimated their strength and ability. They relied on Syria to bolster their strength, and both went down to defeat. Judah relied on Assyria for their strength and was double crossed and defeated.
Neither of the Israelite nations were strong, and to bolster their weakness, they turned to weakness and failed.
Their arrogance and stoutness of heart, made them blind to their own weaknesses, overestimating their own wisdom, and thus leading them to failure. And in this case, that failure ended up in severe suffering for many.
Your arrogance and stubbornness in not pursuing your daily studies, can and will lead you to failure that may affect this life, but certainly will affect your eternal life. If you overestimate the value of your self-will, then you automatically underestimate the value of Gods will, and you always lose.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.