Israel's Failure to Hear and See
"Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.
r Who is blind but My servant,
Or deaf as My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind as he who is perfect,
And blind as the LORD's servant?
Seeing many things, s but you do not observe;
Opening the ears, but he does not hear."
The LORD is well pleased for His righteousness' sake;
He will exalt the law and make it honorable.
But this is a people robbed and plundered;
All of them are snared in holes,
And they are hidden in prison houses;
They are for prey, and no one delivers;
For plunder, and no one says, "Restore!"
Who among you will give ear to this?
Who will listen and hear for the time to come?
Who gave Jacob for plunder, and Israel to the robbers?
Was it not the LORD,
He against whom we have sinned?
t For they would not walk in His ways,
Nor were they obedient to His law.
Therefore He has poured on him the fury of His anger
And the strength of battle;
u It has set him on fire all around,
v Yet he did not know;
And it burned him,
Yet he did not take it to w heart.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Bring out the blind people who have eyes, And the deaf who have ears.
Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.
And Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.
Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.
You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in a way that is not good, According to their own thoughts.
2 Kings 25:9
He burned the house of the LORD and the king's house; all the houses of Jerusalem, that is, all the houses of the great, he burned with fire.
The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master's crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.
Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge; Their honorable men are famished, And their multitude dried up with thirst.
Aliens have devoured his strength, But he does not know it; Yes, gray hairs are here and there on him, Yet he does not know it.
Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.