New American Standard Bible
Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, "Please read this." And he will say, "I cannot read."
King James Bible
And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
Darby Bible Translation
And they give the book to him that cannot read, saying, Read this, I pray thee; and he saith, I cannot read.
World English Bible
and the book is delivered to one who is not educated, saying, "Read this, please;" and he says, "I can't read."
Young's Literal Translation
And the book is given to him who hath not known books, Saying, 'Read this, we pray thee,' And he hath said, 'I have not known books.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And the book is delivered ... - That is, they are just as ignorant of the true nature and meaning of the revelations of God as a man is of the contents of a book who is utterly unable to read.
LibraryIf it is Objected, that the Necessity which Urges us to Pray is not Always...
If it is objected, that the necessity which urges us to pray is not always equal, I admit it, and this distinction is profitably taught us by James: " Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms" (James 5:13). Therefore, common sense itself dictates, that as we are too sluggish, we must be stimulated by God to pray earnestly whenever the occasion requires. This David calls a time when God "may be found" (a seasonable time); because, as he declares in several other …
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith
Christ Teaching by Miracles
Letter ii (A. D. 1126) to the Monk Adam
"And There is None that Calleth Upon Thy Name, that Stirreth up Himself to Take Hold on Thee,"
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot, for it is sealed."
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
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