New International Version
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
King James Bible
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Darby Bible Translation
For this cause I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear nor understand;
World English Bible
Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they don't see, and hearing, they don't hear, neither do they understand.
Young's Literal Translation
'Because of this, in similes do I speak to them, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor understand,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Therefore speak I to them in parables - On this account, viz. to lead them into a proper knowledge of God. I speak to them in parables, natural representations of spiritual truths, that they may be allured to inquire, and to find out the spirit, which is hidden under the letter; because, seeing the miracles which I have wrought, they see not, i.e. the end for which I have wrought them; and hearing my doctrines, they hear not, so as to profit by what is spoken; neither do they understand, ουδε συνιουσι, they do not lay their hearts to it. Is not this obviously our Lord's meaning? Who can suppose that he would employ his time in speaking enigmatically to them, on purpose that they might not understand what was spoken? Could the God of truth and sincerity act thus? If he had designed to act otherwise, he might have saved his time and labor, and not spoken at all, which would have answered the same end, viz. to leave them in gross ignorance.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
(Preached at Christ Church, Marylebone, 1867, for the Bishop of London's Fund.) MATTHEW xiii. 24-30. The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the household came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He …
Charles Kingsley—Discipline and Other Sermons
Ears and no Ears
The Parable of the Tares, by Bishop Latimer, Preached on the 7Th of February, 1553.
A Man Reaps More than He Sows.
But to this day the LORD has not given you a mind that understands or eyes that see or ears that hear.
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD?
You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen."
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:
"Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.
Then I said, "Sovereign LORD, they are saying of me, 'Isn't he just telling parables?'"
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
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