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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).
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Matthew 13:14-15 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

14 Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

‘You shall indeed hear but not understand,
    you shall indeed look but never see.
15 Gross is the heart of this people,
    they will hardly hear with their ears,
    they have closed their eyes,
        lest they see with their eyes
    and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart and be converted,
    and I heal them.’

The Privilege of Discipleship.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 13:16–17 Unlike the unbelieving crowds, the disciples have seen that which the prophets and the righteous of the Old Testament longed to see without having their longing fulfilled.
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Mark 4:12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

12 so that

‘they may look and see but not perceive,
    and hear and listen but not understand,
in order that they may not be converted and be forgiven.’”

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Luke 8:10 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

10 He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’

The Parable of the Sower Explained.[a]

Footnotes:

  1. 8:11–15 On the interpretation of the parable of the sower, see note on Mt 13:18–23.
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John 12:40 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

40 “He blinded their eyes
    and hardened their heart,
so that they might not see with their eyes
    and understand with their heart and be converted,
and I would heal them.”

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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Romans 11:8 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of deep sleep,
    eyes that should not see
    and ears that should not hear,
down to this very day.”

New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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