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Matthew 13:10-17 (New American Standard)

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10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 aJesus answered them, "1To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 "2For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while 3seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "bIn their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'c4YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, dBUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; eYOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 5FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.' 16 "6But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 "For truly I say to you that 7many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
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