Isaiah 42:20
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New International Version
You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."

New Living Translation
You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don't really listen."

English Standard Version
He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.

New American Standard Bible
You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears.

King James Bible
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Though seeing many things, you do not obey. Though his ears are open, he does not listen."

International Standard Version
You've seen many things, but you pay no attention. His ears are open, but he doesn't listen.

NET Bible
You see many things, but don't comprehend; their ears are open, but do not hear."

New Heart English Bible
You see many things, but do not observe. His ears are open, but he doesn't listen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have seen much, but you do not observe anything. Your ears are open, but you hear nothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Seeing many things, thou observest not; Opening the ears, he heareth not.

New American Standard 1977
You have seen many things, but you do not observe them;
            Your ears are open, but none hears.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who sees many things and does not warn; who opens his ears and does not hear.

King James 2000 Bible
Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.

American King James Version
Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.

American Standard Version
Thou seest many things, but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
20. Thou that seest many things, wilt thou not observe them? thou that hast ears open, wilt thou not hear?

Darby Bible Translation
seeing many things, And thou observest not? with opened ears, he heareth not.

English Revised Version
Thou seest many things, but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

World English Bible
You see many things, but don't observe. His ears are open, but he doesn't listen.

Young's Literal Translation
Seeing many things, and thou observest not, Opening ears, and he heareth not.
Study Bible
Israel is Deaf and Blind
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? 20You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears. 21The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake To make the law great and glorious.…
Cross References
Matthew 13:13
This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'

Romans 2:21
you, then, who teach others, do you do not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
Treasury of Scripture

Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.

seeing

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel …

Isaiah 48:6-8 You have heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have …

Numbers 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, …

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you …

Deuteronomy 29:2-4 And Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all …

Nehemiah 9:10-17 And showed signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, …

Psalm 106:7-13 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered …

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

John 9:37-40 And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him, and it is he that …

John 11:37-50 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes …

opening

Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation …

Jeremiah 42:2-5 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech you, our supplication …

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Mark 6:19,20 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed …

Acts 28:22-27 But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this …

(20) Seeing many things . . .--With a clear vision into the future, the prophet sees that the future Israel will be as far from the ideal as his contemporaries had been. In the actual work of the Servant we find the fulfilment of his vision. Scribes and Pharisees are as those who "learn nothing and forget nothing," on whom all the lessons of experience are cast away, reproducing the state from which Isaiah started (Isaiah 6:10; Matthew 13:14; Mark 4:12; Luke 8:10; John 12:40; Acts 28:26). The transfer of the words to the sufferings of the Christ, who bore them as though He neither heard nor saw, is scarcely tenable.

Verse 20. - Seeing many things, but, etc. Israel had "seen many things;" i.e. passed through a long experience, but not profited by it - not been "observant," as they should have been. They had had their ears open in a certain sense, and heard the words that the prophets addressed to them, but had not taken in their true import. (The mixture of persons is like that in Isaiah 1:29 and Isaiah 14:30.) Seeing many things, but thou observest not,.... The Scribes and Pharisees, saw Christ in the flesh; they saw the miracles he did; they saw the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hear, and the dead raised; yet they did not give note to these things, and keep them in their minds, and regard them as clear proofs of his being the Messiah:

opening the ears, but he heareth not; they heard John Baptist preach, the forerunner of Christ, and the testimony he bore of him; they heard Christ himself and his apostles; they sometimes opened their ears, and seemed to listen and hear with attention, and wonder at what they heard; and some would own, that never man spake like Jesus; and yet understood not his speech, and hardened their hearts against him; they saw many things with their bodily eyes, but perceived them not with the eyes of their understandings; they heard with their ears, but understood not in their hearts; for their eyes were shut and their ears heavy, Isaiah 6:9. 20. observest—Thou dost not keep them. The "many things" are the many proofs which all along from the first God had given Israel of His goodness and His power (De 4:32-38; 29:2-4; Ps 78:1-72; 105:1-45).

he—transition from the second to the third person. "Opening … ears," that is, though he (Israel) hath his ears open (see on [785]Isa 6:10). This language, too (see on [786]Isa 42:19), applies to Messiah as Jehovah's servant (Isa 50:5; Ps 40:6).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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