Then I heard the 1voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then 2I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
He said, "Go, and tellthispeople : 'Keep on 3listening, but do not perceive ; Keep on looking, but do not understand.'
"4Render the hearts of thispeoplea5insensitive, Their earsbdull, And their eyescdim, 6Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed."
Then I said, "Lord, 7howlong ?" And He answered, "Until8cities are devastated and withoutinhabitant, Houses are withoutpeople And the land is utterlydesolate,
"The LORD has 9removedmenfar away, And the d10forsakenplaces are many in the midst of the land.
13"Yet there will be a tenthportion in it, And it will again be subject to burning, Like a terebinth or an 11oakWhosestump remains when it is felled. The 12holyseed is its stump."