Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind."
And the LORD said, 'Who will entice Ahab to march up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?' So one was saying this and another was saying that.
For the LORD has poured out on you an overwhelming urge to sleep; He has shut your eyes-- the prophets, and covered your heads-- the seers.
"But if the prophet is deceived and speaks a message, it was I, the LORD, who deceived that prophet. I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.
For this reason I speak to them in parables, because looking they do not see, and hearing they do not listen or understand.
Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown callous; their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn back-- and I would cure them.
Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."
so that they may look and look, yet not perceive; they may listen and listen, yet not understand; otherwise, they might turn back-- and be forgiven."
So He said, "The secrets of the kingdom of God have been given for you to know, but to the rest it is in parables, so that Looking they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.
when He said, Go to this people and say: 'You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive.
as it is written: God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear, to this day.
And David says: Let their feasting become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution to them.
Let their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent continually.
I ask, then, have they stumbled so as to fall? Absolutely not! On the contrary, by their stumbling, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous.
The LORD instructed Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, make sure you do in front of Pharaoh all the wonders I have put within your power. But I will harden his heart so that he won't let the people go.
But I will harden Pharaoh's heart and multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.
However, Pharaoh's heart hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the LORD had said.
I will harden Pharaoh's heart so that he will pursue them. Then I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." So the Israelites did this.
The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the Israelites, who were going out triumphantly.
I am going to harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them, and I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh, all his army, and his chariots and horsemen.
For it was the LORD's intention to harden their hearts, so that they would engage Israel in battle, be completely destroyed without mercy, and be annihilated, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
So then, He shows mercy to whom He wills, and He hardens whom He wills.
What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened,
Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a mind to understand, eyes to see, or ears to hear.
He struck down many nations and slaughtered mighty kings:
Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan.
He gave their land as an inheritance, an inheritance to His people Israel.
LORD, Your name [endures] forever, Your reputation, LORD, through all generations.
For the LORD will judge His people and have compassion on His servants.
The idols of the nations are of silver and gold, made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear; indeed, there is no breath in their mouths.
Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.
LORD, Your hand is lifted up [to take action], but they do not see it. They will see [Your] zeal for [Your] people, and they will be put to shame. The fire for Your adversaries will consume them!
Who is blind but My servant, or deaf like My messenger I am sending? Who is blind like [My] dedicated one, or blind like the servant of the LORD?
Though seeing many things, you do not obey. Though [his] ears are open, he does not listen."
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people. They have eyes, but they don't see. They have ears, but they don't hear.
"Son of man, you are living among a rebellious house. They have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious house.
Aware of this, He said to them, "Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Is your heart hardened?
Do you have eyes, and not see, and do you have ears, and not hear? And do you not remember?
Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
When they had been sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, explaining in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and they created great joy among all the brothers.
My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back,
he should know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Be gracious to me, LORD, for I am weak; heal me, LORD, for my bones are shaking;
I said, "LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against You."
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds.
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and comfort him and his mourners,
creating words of praise." The LORD says, "Peace, peace to the one who is far or near, and I will heal him.
Return, you faithless children. I will heal your unfaithfulness. "Here we are, coming to You, for You are the LORD our God.
Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn [us], and He will heal us; He has wounded [us], and He will bind up our wounds.
I will heal their apostasy; I will freely love them, for My anger will have turned from him.
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed,