Proverbs 20:12
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English Standard Version
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both.

King James Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

American Standard Version
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both.

English Revised Version
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Webster's Bible Translation
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Almost every one meeteth a man who is gracious to him;

   But a man who standeth the test, who findeth such a one?

As ציר אמונים, Proverbs 13:17, signifies a messenger in whom there is confidence, and עד אמונים, Proverbs 14:5, a witness who is altogether truthful, so אישׁ אמוּנים is a man who remains true to himself, and maintains fidelity toward others. Such an one it is not easy to find; but patrons who make promises and awaken expectations, finally to leave in the lurch him who depends on them - of such there are many. This contrast would proceed from 6a also, if we took קרא in the sense of to call, to call or cry out with ostentation: multi homines sunt quorum suam quisque humanitatem proclamat (Schelling, Fleischer, Ewald, Zckler, and also, e.g., Meri). But אישׁ חסדּו is certainly to be interpreted after Proverbs 11:17, Isaiah 57:1. Recognising this, Hitzig translates: many a man one names his dear friend; but in point of style this would be as unsuitable as possible. Must יקרא then mean vocat? A more appropriate parallel word to מצא is קרא equals קרה, according to which, with Oetinger, Heidenheim, Euchel, and Lwenstein, we explain: the greater part of men meet one who shows himself to them (to this or that man) as אישׁ חסד, a man well-affectioned and benevolent; but it is rare to find one who in his affection and its fruits proves himself to be true, and actually performs that which was hoped for from him. Luther translates, with the Syr. and Targ. after Jerome: Viel Menschen werden From gerhmbt [many men are reputed pious]; but if יקרא were equivalent to יקּרא, then אישׁ חסד ought to have been used instead of אישׁ חסדו. The lxx read רב אדם יקר אישׁ חסד, man is something great, and a compassionate man is something precious; but it costs trouble to find out a true man. The fundamental thought remains almost the same in all these interpretations and readings: love is plentiful; fidelity, rare; therefore חסד, of the right kind, after the image of God, is joined to אמת.

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Exodus 4:11 And the LORD said to him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Psalm 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

Psalm 119:18 Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Matthew 13:13-16 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand...

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God...

Ephesians 1:17,18 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory...

Cross References
Exodus 4:11
Then the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Psalm 94:9
He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?

Proverbs 25:12
Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.

Isaiah 29:18
In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.

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