The Purpose of the Parables
And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?"
He answered and said to them, "Because g it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
h "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
"Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
"And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
i 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not j perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears k are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have l closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should m heal them.'
"But n blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
"for assuredly, I say to you o that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
"For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."
"Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him."
For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
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"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
Their heart is as fat as grease, But I delight in Your law.
But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear.
2 Timothy 4:4
And they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
Saying, 'Go to this people and say: "Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive.
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon BarJonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see.
"for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it."
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad."
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
1 Peter 1:10
Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you.
1 Peter 1:11
Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.