Isaiah 35:5
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New International Version
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

New Living Translation
And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf.

English Standard Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

New American Standard Bible
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

King James Bible
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.

International Standard Version
"Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf unblocked;

NET Bible
Then blind eyes will open, deaf ears will hear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unplugged.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

King James 2000 Bible
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

American King James Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

American Standard Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Darby Bible Translation
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf be unstopped;

English Revised Version
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

World English Bible
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

Young's Literal Translation
Then opened are eyes of the blind, And ears of the deaf are unstopped,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

35:5-10 When Christ shall come to set up his kingdom in the world, then wonders, great wonders, shall be wrought on men's souls. By the word and Spirit of Christ, the spiritually blind were enlightened; and those deaf to the calls of God were made to hear them readily. Those unable to do any thing good, by Divine grace were made active therein. Those that knew not how to speak of God or to God, had their lips opened to show forth his praise. When the Holy Ghost came upon the Gentiles that heard the word, then were the fountains of life opened. Most of the earth is still a desert; neither means of grace, spiritual worshippers, nor fruits of holiness, are to be found in it. But the way of religion and godliness shall be laid open. The way of holiness is the way of God's commandment; it is the good old way. And the way to heaven is a plain way. Those knowing but little, and unlearned, shall be kept from missing the road. It shall be a safe way; nothing can do them any real hurt. Christ, the way to God, shall be clearly made known; and the way of a believer's duty shall be plainly marked out. Let us then go forward cheerfully, assured that the end of this way shall be everlasting joy, and rest for the soul. Those who by faith are made citizens of the gospel Zion, rejoice in Christ Jesus; and their sorrows and sighs are made to flee away by Divine consolations. Thus these prophecies conclude. Our joyful hopes and prospects of eternal life should swallow up all the sorrows and all the joys of this present time. But of what avail is it to admire the excellence of God's word, unless we can call its precious promises our own? Do we love God, not only as our Creator, but because he gave his only Son to die for us? And are we walking in the ways of holiness? Let us try ourselves by such plain questions, rather than spend time on things that may be curious and amusing, but are unprofitable.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 5, 6. - Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened. In the literal sense, our Lord claims these prophecies to himself and his earthly career, when he says to the disciples of John the Baptist, "Go and show John those things which ye do hear and see, the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear" (Matthew 11:4, 5); but they have doubtless a further spiritual sense, in which they belong to the whole period of his mediatorial kingdom, and are correlative to former utterances of the prophet, in which the blinded eyes and deaf ears and stammering tongues of God's people had been spoken of and made the subject of complaint (see Isaiah 6:10; Isaiah 29:10, etc.). Our Lord's miracles of bodily healing, performed during the three years of his earthly ministry, were types and foreshadowings of those far more precious miracles of spiritual healing, which the great Physician is ever performing on the sick and infirm of his Church, by opening the eyes of their understandings, and unstopping the deaf ears of their hearts, and loosening the strings of their tongues to hymn his praise, and stirring their paralyzed spiritual natures to active exertions in his service. Doubtless Isaiah, or the Spirit which guided him, intended to point to both these classes of miracles, and not to one of them only, as characteristic of the Messiah's kingdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,.... Which was literally fulfilled in the first coming of Christ, Matthew 9:27, John 9:1 and spiritually, both among Jews and Gentiles; especially the latter, under the ministry of the apostles, when those who were blind as to spiritual things had no knowledge of God in Christ; nor of the way of salvation by him; nor of the plague of their own hearts; nor of the work of the Spirit of God upon the soul; nor of the truths of the Gospel; through the power of divine grace had the eyes of their understanding opened, so as to see their sinfulness and vileness; their emptiness of all that is good, and their impotency to do anything that is spiritual; their want of righteousness; their need of Christ, and the fulness and suitableness of him as a Saviour; and to have some light into the truths of the Gospel, and a glimpse of heaven and eternal glory: and this will still have a greater accomplishment in the latter day, when the blind Jews are converted, and the fulness of the Gentiles brought in:

and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped; which was literally true of some when Christ came in the flesh, Matthew 11:5 and spiritually of many who had not ears to hear in a spiritual sense; stopped what ears they had to the charming voice of the Gospel; and, though they might externally hear, did not understand it: yet these having ears given them to hear, and their ears and hearts opened by the Spirit of God, heard the Gospel spiritually, profitably, pleasantly, comfortably, and with wonder and astonishment; and a multitude of such instances there will be in the latter day glory. Jarchi interprets it of such who were blind as to the knowledge of the fear of God, and deaf to the voice of the prophets.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. Language figuratively, descriptive of the joy felt at the deliverance from Assyria and Babylon; literally, true of the antitypical times of Messiah and His miracles (see Margin references, Mt 11:5; Lu 7:2; 2Jo 5, 8; Ac 3:2).

Isaiah 35:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Glory of Zion
4Say to those with anxious heart, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you." 5Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6Then the lame will leap like a deer, And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy. For waters will break forth in the wilderness And streams in the Arabah.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:5
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

Luke 7:22
So he replied to the messengers, "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

John 9:6
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.

John 9:7
"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means "Sent"). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

Isaiah 29:18
In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Isaiah 32:3
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

Isaiah 32:4
The fearful heart will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

Isaiah 42:7
to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

Isaiah 42:16
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

Isaiah 42:18
"Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!

Isaiah 50:4
The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

Isaiah 50:5
The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away.
Treasury of Scripture

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

the eyes

Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the …

Isaiah 32:3,4 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them …

Isaiah 42:5,7,16 Thus said God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched …

Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Psalm 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind: the LORD raises them that are …

Matthew 9:27-30 And when Jesus departed there, two blind men followed him, crying, …

Matthew 11:3-5 And said to him, Are you he that should come, or do we look for another…

Matthew 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the …

Matthew 20:30-34 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard …

Matthew 21:14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

Mark 8:22-25 And he comes to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man to him, and …

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

John 9:1-7,39 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth…

John 11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes …

Acts 9:17,18 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

the ears

Isaiah 48:8 Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from that time that your …

Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes …

Job 33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,

Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, …

Mark 7:32-37 And they bring to him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in …

Mark 9:25,26 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked …

Luke 7:20-23 When the men were come to him, they said, John Baptist has sent us …

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