Isaiah 43:8
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New International Version
Lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.

New Living Translation
Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.

English Standard Version
Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!

New American Standard Bible
Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, And the deaf, even though they have ears.

King James Bible
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bring out a people who are blind, yet have eyes, and are deaf, yet have ears.

International Standard Version
"Bring out the people who are blind, yet still have eyes, who are deaf, yet still have ears!

NET Bible
Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, those who are deaf, even though they have ears!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Bring the people who are blind but still have eyes, the people who are deaf but still have ears.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bring forth the people that is blind that have eyes and the deaf that have ears.

King James 2000 Bible
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

American King James Version
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

American Standard Version
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bring forth the people that are blind, and have eyes: that are deaf, and have ears.

Darby Bible Translation
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

English Revised Version
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Webster's Bible Translation
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

World English Bible
Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.

Young's Literal Translation
He brought out a blind people who have eyes, And deaf ones who have ears.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

43:8-13 Idolaters are called to appear in defence of their idols. Those who make them, and trust in them, are like unto them. They have the shape and faculties of men; but they have not common sense. But God's people know the power of his grace, the sweetness of his comforts, the kind care of his providence, and the truth of his promise. All servants of God can give such an account of what he has wrought in them, and done for them, as may lead others to know and believe his power, truth, and love

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 8-13. - A RENEWED CHALLENGE TO THE NATIONS. The nations are once more challenged (comp. Isaiah 41:1, 21-26) to set forth the claims of their gods against those of Jehovah. Israel is summoned on the one hand (ver. 8); the nations on the other (ver. 9). What prophecy can the nations produce, either old or new? The Israelites can abundantly witness on behalf of Jehovah (ver. 10). Jehovah adds a further witness of himself (vers. 11-13). Verse 8. - Bring forth the blind people that have eyes. A tribunal is supposed to have been prepared, before which the contending parties are summoned to appear and plead. Israel is first summoned, as "a blind people that have eyes;" i.e. a people long blind (Isaiah 29:18; Isaiah 35:5; Isaiah 42:7, 18, 19), who have now, to some extent, recovered their sight (Isaiah 32:3; Isaiah 35:5), and are ready to witness for God. Next, the nations are summoned (see the following verse).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears,.... The Targum applies this to the bringing of the people of Israel out of Egypt; and others understand it of their deliverance from the Babylonish captivity; and some of the exclusion of them from the kingdom of heaven, and casting them into outward darkness, according to Matthew 8:12, but it is rather to be understood of the conviction of them; though better of the Gentiles, and of the enlightening of them, who before were blind; and causing them to hear, who before were deaf to spiritual things, agreeably to what goes before. It seems best to consider the words as a summons to the Heathens uncalled, to the Roman Pagan empire, to come forth and appear, who were as blind and deaf as the idols they worshipped, and plead their cause, agreeably to what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. Solemn challenge given by God to the nations to argue with Him the question of His superiority to their idols, and His power to deliver Israel (Isa 41:1).

blind people—the Gentiles, who also, like Israel (Isa 42:19), are blind (spiritually), though having eyes; that is, natural faculties, whereby they might know God (Ro 1:20, 21) [Lowth]. Or else, the Jews [Vitringa].

Isaiah 43:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Only Savior
7Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made." 8Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, And the deaf, even though they have ears. 9All the nations have gathered together So that the peoples may be assembled. Who among them can declare this And proclaim to us the former things? Let them present their witnesses that they may be justified, Or let them hear and say, "It is true."…
Cross References
Mark 4:12
so that, "'they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!'"

Isaiah 6:9
He said, "Go and tell this people: "'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

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 42:19
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD?

Jeremiah 5:21
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:

Ezekiel 12:2
"Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
Treasury of Scripture

Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 42:18-20 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see…

Isaiah 44:18-20 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

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

Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which …

Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, you dwell in the middle of a rebellious house, which …

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

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