But they would not listen, but stiffened their neck like the neck of their fathers who did not trust in Yahweh their God. Bible other translations

“stiffened their neck.” An idiom for being stubborn and obstinate. The idea is that a person is going in a certain direction and when called to change, they stiffen their neck and refuse to look or move in a different direction. Animals on a leash often stiffen their neck when they don’t want to be led in a direction different than the one they want to go.

Commentary for: 2 Kings 17:14