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

New Living Translation
Listen, you foolish and senseless people, with eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.

English Standard Version
“Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not.

New American Standard Bible
'Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes but do not see; Who have ears but do not hear.

King James Bible
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people. They have eyes, but they don't see. They have ears, but they don't hear.

International Standard Version
Hear this, you foolish and stupid people: They have eyes, but don't see; they have ears, but don't hear.

NET Bible
Tell them: 'Hear this, you foolish people who have no understanding, who have eyes but do not discern, who have ears but do not perceive:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Hear this, you stupid and senseless people! You have eyes, but you cannot see. You have ears, but you cannot hear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear now this, O foolish people and without heart, who have eyes and do not see; who have ears, and do not hear:

King James 2000 Bible
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; who have eyes, and see not; who have ears, and hear not:

American King James Version
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

American Standard Version
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; that have eyes, and see not; that have ears, and hear not:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear, O foolish people, and without understanding: who have eyes, and see not: and ears, and hear not.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear now this, O foolish and heartless people, who have eyes and see not; who have ears, and hear not.

English Revised Version
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; who have eyes, and see not; who have ears, and hear not:

World English Bible
'Hear now this, foolish people, and without understanding; who have eyes, and don't see; who have ears, and don't hear:

Young's Literal Translation
Hear ye, I pray you, this, O people, foolish and without heart, Eyes they have, and they see not, Ears they have, and they hear not.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices. Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Without understanding; literally, without heart. This seems at first sight inconsistent with ver. 23, where the people is described as having indeed a "heart," but one hostile to Jehovah. The explanation is that a course of deliberate sin perverts a man's moral perceptions. The prophet first of all states the result, and then the cause. So in Ezekiel 12:2, "Which have eyes and see not," etc.; "for they are a rebellions house."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding,.... or, "heart" (a); See Gill on Jeremiah 4:22,

which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not; like the idols they served, Psalm 115:4. this is an upbraiding of them with their folly and stupidity, their want of common sense, their blindness and ignorance; notwithstanding they had the means of light and knowledge, the law, and the prophets.

(a) "et non cor", Pagninus, Montanus; "qui non habes cor", V. L. "excors", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "cui cor non est", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. eyes … ears, and—Translate, "and yet" (compare De 29:4; Isa 6:9). Having powers of perception, they did not use them: still they were responsible for the exercise of them.

Jeremiah 5:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment Proclaimed
20"Declare this in the house of Jacob And proclaim it in Judah, saying, 21'Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, Who have eyes but do not see; Who have ears but do not hear. 22'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.…
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.

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!'"

Mark 8:18
Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember?

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 1:20
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

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."

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

Isaiah 6:10
Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

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

Jeremiah 4:22
"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."

Jeremiah 5:20
"Announce this to the descendants of Jacob and proclaim it in Judah:

Jeremiah 6:10
To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

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.

Zechariah 7:11
"But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

O foolish. See on ver.

Jeremiah 5:4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Jeremiah 8:7 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle …

Jeremiah 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine …

Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the LORD has not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to …

Deuteronomy 32:6 Do you thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not …

Psalm 94:8 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise?

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the …

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

Ezekiel 12:1 The word of the LORD also came to me, saying,

Matthew 13:13-15 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; …

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

Acts 28:26 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, …

understanding. Heb. heart.

Proverbs 17:16 Why is there a price in the hand of a fool to get wisdom, seeing …

Hosea 7:11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, …

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