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

New Living Translation
"But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

English Standard Version
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

Berean Study Bible
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

Berean Literal Bible
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

New American Standard Bible
"But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

King James Bible
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Christian Standard Bible
"Blessed are your eyes because they do see, and your ears because they do hear.

Contemporary English Version
But God has blessed you, because your eyes can see and your ears can hear!

Good News Translation
"As for you, how fortunate you are! Your eyes see and your ears hear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"But your eyes are blessed because they do see, and your ears because they do hear!

International Standard Version
"How blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear!

NET Bible
"But your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear.

New Heart English Bible
"But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you have blessings to your eyes, for they are seeing, and to your ears, for they are hearing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Blessed are your eyes because they see and your ears because they hear.

New American Standard 1977
“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

King James 2000 Bible
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

American King James Version
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

American Standard Version
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.

Darby Bible Translation
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear;

English Revised Version
But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

Webster's Bible Translation
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Weymouth New Testament
"But as for you, blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.

World English Bible
"But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

Young's Literal Translation
'And happy are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear,
Study Bible
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
15For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’ 16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.…
Cross References
Matthew 16:17
Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by My Father in heaven.

Luke 10:23
Then Jesus turned to the disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.

Luke 10:24
For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it."

John 20:29
Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

Treasury of Scripture

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

Matthew 5:3-11
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

Matthew 16:17
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Luke 2:29,30
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: …







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

blessed [are]
μακάριοι (makarioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3107: Happy, blessed, to be envied. A prolonged form of the poetical makar; supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off.

your
Ὑμῶν (Hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

eyes
ὀφθαλμοὶ (ophthalmoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3788: The eye; fig: the mind's eye. From optanomai; the eye; by implication, vision; figuratively, envy.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

they see,
βλέπουσιν (blepousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 991: (primarily physical), I look, see, perceive, discern. A primary verb; to look at.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

ears
ὦτα (ōta)
Noun - Nominative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3775: (a) the ear, (b) met: the faculty of perception. Apparently a primary word; the ear.

because
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

they hear.
ἀκούουσιν (akouousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.
(16) Blessed are your eyes.--The words are spoken to the small company of disciples in the boat. They were not as the multitude. They might see but dimly, and be slow of heart to understand, but, at least, they had eyes that looked for light, and ears that were open to the divine voice.

Verses 16, 17. - Parallel passage: Luke 10:23, 24, after the return of the seventy, and immediately following our Matthew 11:25, 27. The verses stand there, that is to say, in close connexion with the other great utterance contrasting God's revelation of spiritual things to some and his hiding them from others. Possibly he spoke the verses only once (cf. the repetitions in the Prophets), but, in view of the frequency with which Christ's utterances are placed out of their original connexion, the assumption should be the other way. If he really only spoke them once, we cannot be sure which the occasion was, but the possibility that they do not properly belong here is increased by the doubt whether also ver. 12 was originally spoken now. Verse 16. - But blessed (Matthew 5:3, note) are your eyes. Christ now returns to emphasize ver. 11a. For they see (ὅτι βλέπουσιν). This may refer to the disciples being able to see spiritual truths before God's special grace given them by way of reward to this effect, but this hardly suits the context from the phrase, "it is given" (ver. 12). It is, therefore, better to understand the verse to refer to their seeing and hearing things by virtue of grace given in reward for earlier faithfulness. Edersheim ('Life,' 1:594) gives a striking illustration of the thought of this verse from the 'Pesiqta' (edit. Buber, p. 149). 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.
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