"His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone."

— Author Unknown

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Robert Barker, Printer to the Kings most Excellent Majestie
"His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone."
Metaphor in Context
1: Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
2: Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
3: Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
4: Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
5: Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6: Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
7: Canst thou fill his skin with barbed iron? or his head with fish spears?
8: Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.
9: Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10: None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
11: Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12: I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.
13: Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle?
14: Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about.
15: His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16: One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17: They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
18: By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19: Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out.
20: Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron.
21: His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.
22: In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
23: The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.
24: His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
25: When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26: The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27: He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28: The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29: Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
30: Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.
31: He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32: He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary.
33: Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear.
34: He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
(Job 41:1-34)
See The Holy Bible, Conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: Newly Translated out of the Originall Tongues: & With the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Reuised, by His Maiesties Speciall Co[m]mandement. Appointed to Be Read in Churches. (Imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, printer to the Kings most excellent Maiestie, Anno Dom. 1611). <Link to ESTC><Link to ESTC>

Text from Bible, King James. University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center.
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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.