Matthew 13:10-17

The Reason for the Parables

10 And the disciples came up [and] said to him, "{Why} do you speak to them in parables?"
11 And he answered [and] said to them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to those [people] it has not been granted.
12 For whoever has, to him [more] will be given, and he will have an abundance. But whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 For this [reason] I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand,
14 and with reference to them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says, "{You will listen carefully} and will never understand, and {you will look closely} and will never perceive.
15 For the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they hear with difficulty, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them."
16 But your eyes [are] blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear.
17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous [people] longed 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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