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Matthew 13:14-15

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13:14 And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

You will listen carefully 1  yet will never understand,

you will look closely 2  yet will never comprehend.

13:15 For the heart of this people has become dull;

they are hard of hearing,

and they have shut their eyes,

so that they would not see with their eyes

and hear with their ears

and understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them. 3 

1 tn Grk “with hearing,” a cognate dative that intensifies the action of the main verb “you will listen” (ExSyn 168-69).

2 tn Grk “look by looking.” The participle is redundant, functioning to intensify the force of the main verb.

3 sn A quotation from Isa 6:9-10. Thus parables both conceal or reveal depending on whether one is open to hearing what they teach.



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