Matthew 13:17
Good News Translation
I assure you that many prophets and many of God's people wanted very much to see what you see, but they could not, and to hear what you hear, but they did not.

Contemporary English Version
Many prophets and good people were eager to see what you see and to hear what you hear. But I tell you they did not see or hear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.

New American Bible
Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.

That many.

Luke 10:24 For I say to you that many prophets and kings have desired to see the things that you see and have not seen them; and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.

John 8:56 Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it and was glad.

Ephesians 3:5,6 Which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit: . . .

Hebrews 11:13,39,40 All these died according to faith, not having received the promises but beholding them afar off and saluting them and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth. . . .

1 Peter 1:10-12 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you. . . .

Context
The Purpose of Jesus' Parables
16But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. 17For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them: and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them. 18Hear you therefore the parable of the sower.…
Cross References
Luke 10:23
And turning to his disciples, he said: Blessed are the eyes that see the things which you see.

John 8:56
Abraham your father rejoiced that he might see my day: he saw it and was glad.

Hebrews 11:13
All these died according to faith, not having received the promises but beholding them afar off and saluting them and confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth.

1 Peter 1:10
Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you.

Additional Translations
For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear.

For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.

For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.

for verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see the things which ye behold and did not see [them], and to hear the things which ye hear and did not hear [them].

For verily I say unto you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which ye see, and saw them not; and to hear the things which ye hear, and heard them not.

For verily I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see the things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear the things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

For I solemnly tell you that many Prophets and holy men have longed to see the sights you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the words you hear, and have not heard them.

For most certainly I tell you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see the things which you see, and didn't see them; and to hear the things which you hear, and didn't hear them.

for verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men did desire to see that which ye look on, and they did not see, and to hear that which ye hear, and they did not hear.
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