New International Version
You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."
King James Bible
Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
Darby Bible Translation
seeing many things, And thou observest not? with opened ears, he heareth not.
World English Bible
You see many things, but don't observe. His ears are open, but he doesn't listen.
Young's Literal Translation
Seeing many things, and thou observest not, Opening ears, and he heareth not.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Seeing many things "Thou hast seen indeed" - The text has ראית רבית raith rabith, which the Masoretes in the marginal Keri have corrected to ראות רבות reoth rabboth; as indeed one hundred and seven MSS., and five editions, now have it in the text. This was probably the reading of most of the MSS. of their time; which, though they approved of it, out of some superstition they would not admit into their standard text. But these wretched critics, though they perceived there was some fault, yet did not know where the fault lay, nor consequently how to amend it; and yet it was open enough to a judicious eye: רבות rabboth, sic veteres; et tamen forte legendum, ראות reoth, vide cap. Isaiah 6:9." - Secker. That is, ראית ראות raith, reoth, seeing, thou shalt see. I believe no one will doubt of admitting this as the true reading.
But he heareth not "Yet thou wilt not hear" - For ישמע yishma, read תשמע tishma, in the second person; so all the ancient Versions and forty MSS. of Kennicott's, (four of them ancient), and seventeen of De Rossi's, and perhaps five more. Two others have תשמעו tishmeu, second person plural.
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'A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench.... He shall not fail nor be discouraged.'--ISAIAH xlii. 3, 4. The two metaphors which we have in the former part of these words are not altogether parallel. 'A bruised reed' has suffered an injury which, however, is neither complete nor irreparable. 'Smoking flax,' on the other hand--by which, of course, is meant flax used as a wick in an old-fashioned oil lamp--is partially lit. In the one a process has been begun which, …
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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.
you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?
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