Matthew 13:13
Good News Translation
The reason I use parables in talking to them is that they look, but do not see, and they listen, but do not hear or understand.

Contemporary English Version
I use stories when I speak to them because when they look, they cannot see, and when they listen, they cannot hear or 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.

New American Bible
This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.’

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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

Deuteronomy 29:3,4 The great temptations, which thy eyes have seen, those mighty signs and wonders, . . .

Isaiah 42:18-20 Hear, ye deaf, and, ye blind, behold that you may see. . . .

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known, nor understood: for their eyes are covered that they may not see, and that they may not understand with their heart.

Jeremiah 5:21 Hear, O foolish people, and without understanding: who have eyes, and see not: and ears, and hear not.

Ezekiel 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a provoking house: who have eyes to see, and see not: and ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a provoking house.

Mark 8:17,18 Which Jesus knowing, saith to them: Why do you reason, because you have no bread? Do you not yet know nor understand? Have you still your heart blinded? . . .

John 3:19,20 And this is the judgment: Because the light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. . . .

John 9:39-41 And Jesus said: For judgment I am come into this world: that they who see not may see; and they who see may become blind. . . .

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, . . .

Context
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
12For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath. 13Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:4
And the Lord hath not given you a heart to understand, and eyes to see, and ears that may hear, unto this present day.

Isaiah 42:19
Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, but he to whom I have sent my messengers? Who is blind, but he that is sold? or who is blind, but the servant of the Lord?

Isaiah 42:20
Thou that seest many things, wilt thou not observe them? thou that hast ears open, wilt thou not hear?

Jeremiah 5:21
Hear, O foolish people, and without understanding: who have eyes, and see not: and ears, and hear not.

Ezekiel 12:2
Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a provoking house: who have eyes to see, and see not: and ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a provoking house.

Ezekiel 20:49
And I said: Ah, ah, ah, O Lord God: they say of me: Doth not this man speak by parables?

John 9:39
And Jesus said: For judgment I am come into this world: that they who see not may see; and they who see may become blind.

Romans 11:8
As it is written: God hath given them the spirit of insensibility; eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, until this present day.

Additional Translations
This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’

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.'

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand,
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