Matthew 13:15
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English Standard Version
For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

King James Bible
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

American Standard Version
For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

English Revised Version
For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this people's heart is become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Weymouth New Testament
For this people's mind is stupefied, their hearing has become dull, and their eyes they have closed; to prevent their ever seeing with their eyes, or hearing with their ears, or understanding with their minds, and turning back, so that I might heal them.'

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Vincent's Word Studies

Is waxed gross (ἐπαχύνθη)

Lit., was made fat. Wyc., enfatted.

Are dull of hearing (τοῖς ὠσὶν βαρέως ἤ κουσαν)

Lit., They heard heavily with their ears.

They have closed (ἐκάμμυσαν)

, κατά, down, μύω, to close, as in μυστήρια above Our idiom shuts up the eyes. The Greek shuts them down. The Hebrew, in Isaiah 6:10, is besmear. This insensibility is described as a punishment. Compare Isaiah 29:10; Isaiah 44:18; in both of which the closing of the eyes is described as a judgment of God. Sealing up the eyes was an oriental punishment. Cheyne ("Isaiah") cites the case of a son of the Great Mogul, who had his eyes sealed up three years by his father as a punishment. Dante pictures the envious, on the second cornice of Purgatory, with their eyes sewed up:

"For all their lids an iron wire transpierces,

And sews them up, as to a sparhawk wild

Is done, because it will not quiet stay."

Purg., xiii., 70-72.

Be converted (ἐπιστρέψωσιν)

Rev., turn again; ἐπί, to or toward, στρέφω, to turn; with the idea of their turning from their evil toward God.

Matthew 13:15 Parallel Commentaries

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heart.

Psalm 119:70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in your law.

ears.

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.

John 8:43,44 Why do you not understand my speech? even because you cannot hear my word...

Acts 7:57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran on him with one accord,

2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.

their eyes.

Isaiah 29:10-12 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers...

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say...

2 Thessalonians 2:10,11 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth...

and should be.

Acts 3:19 Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...

2 Timothy 2:25,26 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth...

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift...

and I.

Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

Jeremiah 3:22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come to you; for you are the LORD our God.

Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for you are my praise.

Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

Hosea 14:4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for my anger is turned away from him.

Malachi 4:2 But to you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth...

Mark 4:12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted...

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits...

Cross References
Psalm 119:70
their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law.

Isaiah 6:10
Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed."

Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Zechariah 7:11
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear.

Luke 19:42
saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.

John 8:43
Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word.

John 8:44
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

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