Proverbs 20:12
New International Version
Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.

New Living Translation
Ears to hear and eyes to see--both are gifts from the LORD.

English Standard Version
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.

Berean Study Bible
Ears that hear and eyes that see—the LORD has made them both.

New American Standard Bible
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.

King James Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Christian Standard Bible
The hearing ear and the seeing eye--the LORD made them both.

Contemporary English Version
Hearing and seeing are gifts from the LORD.

Good News Translation
The LORD has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The hearing ear and the seeing eye-- the LORD made them both.

International Standard Version
The ear that hears and the eye that sees— the LORD surely made them both.

NET Bible
The ear that hears and the eye that sees--the LORD has made them both.

New Heart English Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, The LORD has made even both of them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The ear that hears and the eye that sees - Lord Jehovah has made them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ear that hears, the eye that sees- the LORD made them both.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, The LORD hath made even both of them.

New American Standard 1977
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them.

King James 2000 Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

American King James Version
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

American Standard Version
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The ear hears, and the eye sees: even both of them are the Lord's work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both.

Darby Bible Translation
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.

English Revised Version
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

World English Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Yahweh has made even both of them.

Young's Literal Translation
A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.
Study Bible
Wine is a Mocker
11Even a young man is known by his actions—whether his conduct is pure and upright. 12Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. 13Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food.…
Cross References
Exodus 4:11
And the LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, sighted or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Psalm 94:9
He who affixed the ear, can He not hear? He who formed the eye, can He not see?

Proverbs 25:12
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man's rebuke to a listening ear.

Isaiah 29:18
On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Treasury of Scripture

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD has made even both of them.

Exodus 4:11
And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Psalm 94:9
He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

Psalm 119:18
Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.







Lexicon
Ears
אֹ֣זֶן (’ō·zen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

that hear
שֹׁ֭מַעַת (ma·‘aṯ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

and eyes
וְעַ֣יִן (wə·‘a·yin)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

that see—
רֹאָ֑ה (rō·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

the LORD
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

has made
עָשָׂ֥ה (‘ā·śāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

them both.
שְׁנֵיהֶֽם׃ (šə·nê·hem)
Number - mdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8147: Two (a cardinal number)
(12) The Lord hath made even both of them.--And, therefore, they are to be used as He would have them. (Comp. our Lord's constant warning, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.") The proverb may also remind us of the admonition in Proverbs 15:3, and Psalm 94:9, to remember God's constant watchfulness over us.

Verse 12. - The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them. This apothegm, which seems to be nothing but a trite truism, brings to notice many important consequences. First, there is the result noted in Psalm 94:9, "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?" Hence we learn the sleepless providence of God. So 'Pirke Aboth,' "Know that which is above thee, an eye that seeth all, an ear that heareth all." We learn also that all things are directed and overruled by God (comp. Proverbs 15:3; Proverbs 16:4). Then there is the thought that these powers of ours, being the gift of God, should be used piously and in God's service. "Mine ears hast thou opened... Lo, I come... I delight to do thy will, O my God" (Psalm 40:6, etc.). The eye should be blind, the ear deaf, to all that might defile or excite to evil (see Isaiah 33:15). But it is the Lord alone that enables the spiritual organs to receive the wondrous things of God's Law; they must be educated by grace to enable them to perform their proper functions. "God hath given us eyes," says St. Chrysostom ('Hom. 22 in 1 Corinthians'), "not that we may look wantonly, but that, admiring his handiwork, we may worship the Creator. And that this is the use of our eyes is evident from the things which are seen. For the lustre of the sun and of the sky we see from an immeasurable distances, but a woman's beauty one cannot discern so far off. Seest thou that for this end our eye was chiefly given? Again, he made the ear, that we should entertain not blasphemous words, but saving doctrines. Wherefore you see, when it receives anything dissonant, both our soul shudders and our very body also. And if we hear anything cruel or merciless, again our flesh creeps; but if anything decorous and kind, we even exult and rejoice." "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." Septuagint, "The ear heareth and the eye sooth, and both are the works of the Lord." 20:7. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. 8. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. 9. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. 10. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. 11. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. 12. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. 13. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. 14. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. 15. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. 16. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. 17. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. 18. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. 19. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. 20. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. 21. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. 22. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee.
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