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Isaiah 6:9-10 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

[a]And he replied: Go and say to this people:

Listen carefully, but do not understand!
Look intently, but do not perceive!
10 Make the heart of this people sluggish,
    dull their ears and close their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
    and their heart understand,
    and they turn and be healed.

Footnotes:

  1. 6:9–10 Isaiah’s words give evidence that he attempted in every way, through admonition, threat, and promise, to bring the people to conversion (cf. 1:18–20), so it is unlikely that this charge to “harden” is to be understood as Isaiah’s task; more probably it reflects the refusal of the people, more particularly the leaders, who were supposed to “see,” “hear,” and “understand,” a refusal which would then lead to a disastrous outcome (vv. 11–12).
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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