Matthew 13:13
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New International Version
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

New Living Translation
That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don't really see. They hear, but they don't really listen or understand.

English Standard Version
This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Berean Study Bible
This is why I speak to them in parables: 'Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.'

Berean Literal Bible
Because of this I speak to them in parables: 'Because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.'

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

King James Bible
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.

International Standard Version
That's why I speak to them in parables, because 'they look but don't see, and they listen but don't hear or understand.'

NET Bible
For this reason I speak to them in parables: Although they see they do not see, and although they hear they do not hear nor do they understand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And from him who has it not, will be taken even that which he has, therefore I am speaking to them in parables because they who see do not see, and those who hear neither hear nor understand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is why I speak to them this way. They see, but they're blind. They hear, but they don't listen. They don't even try to understand.

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I speak to them in parables because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

American King James Version
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

American Standard Version
Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Darby Bible Translation
For this cause I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear nor understand;

English Revised Version
Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Weymouth New Testament
I speak to them in figurative language for this reason, that while looking they do not see, and while hearing they neither hear nor understand.

World English Bible
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.

Young's Literal Translation
'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
13:1-23 Jesus entered into a boat that he might be the less pressed, and be the better heard by the people. By this he teaches us in the outward circumstances of worship not to covet that which is stately, but to make the best of the conveniences God in his providence allots to us. Christ taught in parables. Thereby the things of God were made more plain and easy to those willing to be taught, and at the same time more difficult and obscure to those who were willingly ignorant. The parable of the sower is plain. The seed sown is the word of God. The sower is our Lord Jesus Christ, by himself, or by his ministers. Preaching to a multitude is sowing the corn; we know not where it will light. Some sort of ground, though we take ever so much pains with it, brings forth no fruit to purpose, while the good soil brings forth plentifully. So it is with the hearts of men, whose different characters are here described by four sorts of ground. Careless, trifling hearers, are an easy prey to Satan; who, as he is the great murderer of souls, so he is the great thief of sermons, and will be sure to rob us of the word, if we take not care to keep it. Hypocrites, like the stony ground, often get the start of true Christians in the shows of profession. Many are glad to hear a good sermon, who do not profit by it. They are told of free salvation, of the believer's privileges, and the happiness of heaven; and, without any change of heart, without any abiding conviction of their own depravity, their need of a Saviour, or the excellence of holiness, they soon profess an unwarranted assurance. But when some heavy trial threatens them, or some sinful advantage may be had, they give up or disguise their profession, or turn to some easier system. Worldly cares are fitly compared to thorns, for they came in with sin, and are a fruit of the curse; they are good in their place to stop a gap, but a man must be well armed that has much to do with them; they are entangling, vexing, scratching, and their end is to be burned, Heb 6:8. Worldly cares are great hinderances to our profiting by the word of God. The deceitfulness of riches does the mischief; they cannot be said to deceive us unless we put our trust in them, then they choke the good seed. What distinguished the good ground was fruitfulness. By this true Christians are distinguished from hypocrites. Christ does not say that this good ground has no stones in it, or no thorns; but none that could hinder its fruitfulness. All are not alike; we should aim at the highest, to bring forth most fruit. The sense of hearing cannot be better employed than in hearing God's word; and let us look to ourselves that we may know what sort of hearers we are.
Study Bible
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ 14In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:4
"Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.

Isaiah 42:19
Who 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?

Isaiah 42:20
You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears.

Jeremiah 5:21
'Now hear this, O 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 live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 20:49
Then I said, "Ah Lord GOD! They are saying of me, 'Is he not just speaking parables?'"

John 9:39
Then Jesus declared, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind."

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."
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Deuteronomy 29:3,4 The great temptations which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those …

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

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

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 …

Mark 8:17,18 And when Jesus knew it, he said to them, Why reason you, because …

John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they …

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

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