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

New Living Translation
And he said, "Yes, go, and say to this people, 'Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.'

English Standard Version
And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’

New American Standard Bible
He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'

King James Bible
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand; keep looking, but do not perceive.

International Standard Version
"Go!" he responded. "Tell this people: "'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

NET Bible
He said, "Go and tell these people: 'Listen continually, but don't understand! Look continually, but don't perceive!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And he said, "Go and tell these people, 'No matter how closely you listen, you'll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you'll never see.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then he said, Go and tell this people, Hear indeed, but do not understand; and see indeed, but do not perceive.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.

American King James Version
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.

American Standard Version
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said: Go, and thou shalt say to this people: Hearing, hear, and understand not: and see the vision, and know it not.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said, Go; and thou shalt say unto this people, Hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see and shall not perceive.

English Revised Version
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

World English Bible
He said, "Go, and tell this people, 'You hear indeed, but don't understand; and you see indeed, but don't perceive.'

Young's Literal Translation
And He saith, 'Go, and thou hast said to this people, Hear ye -- to hear, and ye do not understand, And see ye -- to see, and ye do not know.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - Hear ye indeed... see ye indeed; literally, In hearing hear... in seeing see - with the force of "Listen and bear; look and see;" "Attend, "that is," with the outward souse, and catch all that sense can catch, but without perception of the inward meaning" (see Matthew 13:14; Mark 4:12, etc.). This is what they would do. Isaiah is bidden to exhort them, in grave irony, to do it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said, go, and tell this people,.... What is and will be their case and condition, as follows:

hear ye indeed; the words of the prophets sent unto them, yea, Christ himself incarnate preaching among them; the great Prophet Moses said should be raised up unto them:

but understand not; neither that he is the Messiah, nor the doctrines delivered by him; which were spoken to them in parables; see Matthew 13:13,

and see ye indeed: the miracles wrought by him, as raising the dead, cleansing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind, causing the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak:

but perceive not; that he is the Messiah, though all the characteristics pointed at in prophecy are upon him, and such miracles are done by him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Hear … indeed—Hebrew, "In hearing hear," that is, Though ye hear the prophet's warnings again and again, ye are doomed, because of your perverse will (Joh 7:17), not to understand. Light enough is given in revelation to guide those sincerely seeking to know, in order that they may do, God's will; darkness enough is left to confound the wilfully blind (Isa 43:8). So in Jesus' use of parables (Mt 13:14).

see … indeed—rather, "though ye see again and again," yet, &c.

Isaiah 6:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Isaiah's Commission
8Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" 9He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.' 10"Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed."…
Cross References
Matthew 13:14
In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: "'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

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!'"

Luke 8:10
He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, "'though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'

John 12:40
"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn--and I would heal them."

Acts 28:26
"'Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving."

Romans 11:8
as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day."

Deuteronomy 29:4
But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.

Proverbs 28:5
Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

Isaiah 29:10
The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers).

Isaiah 29:14
Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."

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

Isaiah 44:18
They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

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

And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.

go

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their …

Isaiah 30:8-11 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

Exodus 32:7-10 And the LORD said to Moses, Go, get you down; for your people, which …

Jeremiah 15:1,2 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Hosea 1:9 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for you are not my people, and …

hear ye

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

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

Matthew 13:14,15 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing …

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may …

Luke 8:10 And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom …

John 12:40 He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should …

Acts 28:26,27 Saying, Go to this people, and say, Hearing you shall hear, and shall …

Romans 11:8 (According as it is written, God has given them the spirit of slumber, …

indeed. or, without ceasing. Heb. in hearing
indeed. Heb. in seeing

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