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

New Living Translation
"Listen, you who are deaf! Look and see, you blind!

English Standard Version
Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see!

New American Standard Bible
Hear, you deaf! And look, you blind, that you may see.

King James Bible
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, you deaf! Look, you blind, so that you may see.

International Standard Version
"Listen, you deaf people, and look up, you blind people, so you may see!

NET Bible
"Listen, you deaf ones! Take notice, you blind ones!

New Heart English Bible
"Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen, you deaf people. Look, you blind people, so that you can see.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, ye deaf, And look, ye blind, that ye may see.

New American Standard 1977
Hear, you deaf!
            And look, you blind, that you may see.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

American King James Version
Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

American Standard Version
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, ye deaf, and, ye blind, behold that you may see.

Darby Bible Translation
-- Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

English Revised Version
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.

World English Bible
"Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye deaf, hear; and ye blind, look to see.
Study Bible
Israel is Deaf and Blind
17They will be turned back and be utterly put to shame, Who trust in idols, Who say to molten images, "You are our gods." 18Hear, you deaf! And look, you blind, that you may see. 19Who is blind but My servant, Or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace with Me, Or so blind as the servant of the LORD?…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:18
On that day the deaf will hear words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Isaiah 35:5
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.

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

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

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

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

Mark 7:34-37 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, Ephphatha, …

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said to them, Go your way, and tell John what …

Revelation 3:17,18 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

(18) Hear, ye deaf . . .--The words form the beginning of a new section. The prophet feels or sees that the great argument has not carried conviction as it ought to have done. The people to whom Jehovah speaks through him are still spiritually blind and deaf, and that people is ideally the servant of the Lord (Isaiah 41:8), in whom the pattern of the personal servant ought to have been reproduced. (Comp. John 9:39-41.)

Verses 18-25. - ADDRESS TO CAPTIVE ISRAEL, CALLING UPON THEM TO TURN TO GOD, AND REMINDING THEM THAT THEY HAVE DESERVED THEIR AFFLICTIONS. By some critics the earlier verses of this passage (vers. 19-21) are regarded as having reference to the "Servant of the Lord" depicted in vers. 1-7, and as calling on the captive Jews to consider his voluntary humiliation, and the object of it. But this view seems to be strained. It requires "deaf" and "blind' to be taken in completely different senses in the two consecutive verses, 18 and 19. Probably Delitzsch and Mr. Cheyne are right in taking the whole passage of captive Israel, and especially of that "outer circle" which was least deserving of God's favour and most open to rebuke and reproach. These "blind" and "deaf" ones are warned that it is high time for them to unclose their eyes and open their ears, and are reminded that all their recent and present sufferings arise from their former "blindness" and disobedience. Verse 18. - Hear, ye deaf. The "deaf" are not absolutely without hearing, nor the "blind" absolutely without sight. They can "hear" and "see," if they choose to do so. When they do not see, it is because they "wink with their eyes" (Matthew 13:15); when they do not hear, it is because, like the deaf adder, they "stop their ears" (Psalm 58:4). This, at any rate, is the case with the majority. There may be some who have deadened their moral vision altogether, and have no longer any "ears to hear." God, however, addresses the mass of Israel as still possessed of moral discernment, if they will but use it, and calls upon them to wake up out of sleep - to "hear" and "see." Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Jarchi and Kimchi think these words are spoken to Israel, who, as Aben Ezra says, were deaf and blind in heart; but they are rather an exhortation to the Gentiles that remained impenitent and unbelieving, and who were deaf to the voice of the Gospel, and blind as to the knowledge of it; and the purport of the exhortation is, that they would make use of their external hearing and sight, which they had, that they might attain to a spiritual hearing and understanding of divine things; "for faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God", Romans 10:17 to hear the Gospel preached, and to look into the Scriptures, and read the word of God, are the means of attaining light and knowledge in spiritual things; and these are within the compass of natural men, who are internally deaf and blind. 18. deaf—namely, to the voice of God.

blind—to your duty and interest; wilfully so (Isa 42:20). In this they differ from "the blind" (Isa 42:16). The Jews are referred to. He had said, God would destroy the heathen idolatry; here he remembers that even Israel, His "servant" (Isa 42:19), from whom better things might have been expected, is tainted with this sin.42:18-25 Observe the call given to this people, and the character given of them. Multitudes are ruined for want of observing that which they cannot but see; they perish, not through ignorance, but carelessness. The Lord is well-pleased in the making known his own righteousness. For their sins they were spoiled of all their possessions. This fully came to pass in the destruction of the Jewish nation. There is no resisting, nor escaping God's anger. See the mischief sin makes; it provokes God to anger. And those not humbled by lesser judgments, must expect greater. Alas! how many professed Christians are blind as the benighted heathen! While the Lord is well-pleased in saving sinners through the righteousness of Christ he will also glorify his justice, by punishing all proud despisers. Seeing God has poured out his wrath on his once-favoured people, because of their sins, let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of us should be found to come short of it.
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