Isaiah 42:20

20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”

Read Isaiah 42:20 Using Other Translations

Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.”

What does Isaiah 42:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Isaiah 42:20

Seeing many things, but thou observest not
The Scribes and Pharisees, saw Christ in the flesh; they saw the miracles he did; they saw the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers cleansed, the deaf hear, and the dead raised; yet they did not give note to these things, and keep them in their minds, and regard them as clear proofs of his being the Messiah: opening the ears, but he heareth not;
they heard John Baptist preach, the forerunner of Christ, and the testimony he bore of him; they heard Christ himself and his apostles; they sometimes opened their ears, and seemed to listen and hear with attention, and wonder at what they heard; and some would own, that never man spake like Jesus; and yet understood not his speech, and hardened their hearts against him; they saw many things with their bodily eyes, but perceived them not with the eyes of their understandings; they heard with their ears, but understood not in their hearts; for their eyes were shut and their ears heavy, ( Isaiah 6:9 ) ( Matthew 13:14 Matthew 13:15 ) .

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