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This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or 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.
American Standard Version
Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, 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,
Matthew 13:13 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Therefore speak I to them in parables - On this account, viz. to lead them into a proper knowledge of God. I speak to them in parables, natural representations of spiritual truths, that they may be allured to inquire, and to find out the spirit, which is hidden under the letter; because, seeing the miracles which I have wrought, they see not, i.e. the end for which I have wrought them; and hearing my doctrines, they hear not, so as to profit by what is spoken; neither do they understand, ουδε συνιουσι, they do not lay their hearts to it. Is not this obviously our Lord's meaning? Who can suppose that he would employ his time in speaking enigmatically to them, on purpose that they might not understand what was spoken? Could the God of truth and sincerity act thus? If he had designed to act otherwise, he might have saved his time and labor, and not spoken at all, which would have answered the same end, viz. to leave them in gross ignorance.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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 great miracles...
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 they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, you dwell in the middle of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not...
Mark 8:17,18 And when Jesus knew it, he said to them, Why reason you, because you have no bread? perceive you not yet, neither understand...
John 3:19,20 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light...
John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind...
2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost...
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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.
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?
Isaiah 42:20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."
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.
Ezekiel 20:49 Then I said, "Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?'"
John 9:39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."