Proverbs 20:12

NET ©

The ear that hears and the eye that sees – the Lord has made them both.

NIV ©

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

NASB ©

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

NLT ©

Ears to hear and eyes to see––both are gifts from the LORD.

MSG ©

Ears that hear and eyes that see--we get our basic equipment from GOD!

BBE ©

The hearing ear and the seeing eye are equally the Lord’s work.

NRSV ©

The hearing ear and the seeing eye—the LORD has made them both.

NKJV ©

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

KJV
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NET © [draft] ITL
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NET © Notes

sn The first half of the verse refers to two basic senses that the Lord has given to people. C. H. Toy, however, thinks that they represent all the faculties (Proverbs [ICC], 388). But in the book of Proverbs seeing and hearing come to the fore. By usage “hearing” also means obeying (15:31; 25:12), and “seeing” also means perceiving and understanding (Isa 6:9-10).

sn The verse not only credits God with making these faculties of hearing and sight and giving them to people, but it also emphasizes their spiritual use in God’s service.