Isaiah 42:20
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English Standard Version
He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.

King James Bible
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

American Standard Version
Thou seest many things, but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
20. Thou that seest many things, wilt thou not observe them? thou that hast ears open, wilt thou not hear?

English Revised Version
Thou seest many things, but thou observest not; his ears are open, but he heareth not.

Webster's Bible Translation
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.

Isaiah 42:20 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The period of punishment has now lasted sufficiently long; it is time for Jehovah to bring forth the salvation of His people. "I have been silent eternally long, was still, restrained myself; like a travailing woman, I now breathe again, snort and snuff together." The standpoint of these prophecies has the larger half of the captivity behind it. It has already lasted a long time, though only for several decades; but in the estimation of Jehovah, with His love to His people, this time of long-suffering towards their oppressors is already an "eternity" (see Isaiah 57:11; Isaiah 58:12; Isaiah 61:4; Isaiah 63:18-19; Isaiah 64:4, cf., Isaiah 64:10, Isaiah 64:11). He has kept silence, has still forcibly restrained Himself, just as Joseph is said to have done to prevent himself from breaking out into tears (Genesis 43:31). Love impelled Him to redeem His people; but justice was still obliged to proceed with punishment.

Three real futures now take the place of imperfects regulated by החשׁיתי. They are not to be understood as denoting the violent breathing and snorting of a hero, burning with rage and thirsting for battle (Knobel); nor is אשּׁם to be derived from שׁמם, as Hitzig supposes, through a mistaken comparison of Ezekiel 36:3, though the latter does not mean to lay waste, but to be waste (see Hitzig on Ezekiel 36:3). The true derivation is from נשׁם, related to נשׁף, נפשׁ, נשׁב. To the figure of a hero there is now added that of a travailing woman; פּעה is short breathing (with the glottis closed); נשׁם the snorting of violent inspiration and expiration; שׁאף the earnest longing for deliverance pressing upon the burden in the womb; and יחד expresses the combination of all these several strainings of the breath, which are associated with the so-called labour-pains. Some great thing, with which Jehovah has, as it were, long been pregnant, is now about to be born.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

seeing

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel does not know, my people does not consider.

Isaiah 48:6-8 You have heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have showed you new things from this time, even hidden things...

Numbers 14:22 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness...

Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen...

Deuteronomy 29:2-4 And Moses called to all Israel, and said to them, You have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh...

Nehemiah 9:10-17 And showed signs and wonders on Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land...

Psalm 106:7-13 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of your mercies; but provoked him at the sea...

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving kindness of the LORD.

John 9:37-40 And Jesus said to him, You have both seen him, and it is he that talks with you...

John 11:37-50 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died...

opening

Isaiah 58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God...

Jeremiah 42:2-5 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech you, our supplication be accepted before you, and pray for us to the LORD your God...

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

Mark 6:19,20 Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have killed him; but she could not...

Acts 28:22-27 But we desire to hear of you what you think: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against...

Cross References
Matthew 13:13
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.

Romans 2:21
you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal?

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