Isaiah 42:18-25 NIV

Israel Blind and Deaf

18 "Hear, you deaf;1 look, you blind, and see!

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19 Who is blind2 but my servant,3 and deaf like the messenger4 I send? Who is blind like the one committed5 to me, blind like the servant of the LORD?

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20 You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."6

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21 It pleased the LORD for the sake7 of his righteousness to make his law8 great and glorious.

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22 But this is a people plundered9 and looted, all of them trapped in pits10 or hidden away in prisons.11 They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them;12 they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back."

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23 Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention13 in time to come?

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24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers?14 Was it not the LORD,15 against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow16 his ways; they did not obey his law.17

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25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,18 the violence of war. It enveloped them in flames,19 yet they did not understand;20 it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.21

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