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Meaning: turning back to one’s own ways; difficult to deal with: stubbornly disobedient or contrary; going in one’s own willful ways
This comes from the Old English word “fraward” meaning: in a direction leading away from, which comes from Old Norse: fr (from) + -ward
The New King James Version translates “frowardly” as “backsliding” (Isaiah 57:17).
Translated from the Hebrew word: showbab (apostate, i.e. idolatrous: backsliding, turn away).
“Froward” appears 21 times in 20 verses in the King James Version. “Frowardly” appears once. “Frowardness” is used three times in three verses of Proverbs.