Isaiah 6:9-10

Isaiah 6:9-10

Isaiah 6:9-10 NIV
9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

Isaiah 6:8c-10 LXX
8c And He said, Go, and say to this people,
9 Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand; and ye shall see indeed, but ye shall not perceive.
10 For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

There was a note at the end of the first sentence of verse ten in the NIV which referred to the Septuagint (meaning 70) or LXX version of the Old Testament. Spent some time reading and examining the background of the LXX. For those interested I would suggest Wikipedia, The Common Man’s Prospective, and the Institute for Biblical and Scientific Studies (the shortest account) for background on the same.

About these two verses they follow Isaiah hearing the voice of the Lord asking a question and his reply

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” NIV

Then we have our two verses above. Comparing the two versions, the primary difference noted is in the first parts of verse ten, Make vice has become

Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes NIV

For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed LXX

For now thought let us turn to the last part of verse ten

Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed. NIV

lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted,and I should heal them. LXX

I believe we all know individuals upon hearing the word of God, they harden their hearts closing their ears and eyes to the truth being presented to them. They do not wish to acknowledge their sin and so purposely blind themselves to the truth, thus Isaiah presenting the truth to them only leads to them hardening their hearts. In effect he made their hearts calloused, but the reality is they did it to themselves.

And their sin was so great, they were not about to change, so they were not about to change and understand with their hearts. No they would continue in their wickedness and their prophesied destruction would occur. Thus God’s judgment would come to the nations.

Thankfully it is not this way today as we have Jesus always seeking to see every sinner turn to Him.

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20

It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and remember to Go to Church, enjoy the fellowship, God’s word, and corporate prayer.

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