9 And he said, "Go, and tell this people, 'You surely hear, but do not understand; and you surely see, but do not perceive.'
12 'That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; otherwise they might turn, and repent and be sent away.'"1 [This verse seems to conflict with a loving God, which the footnote explains.]
10 And he said, "To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. [See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 to understand why Jesus spoke in parables to hide the meaning of his words from some people.]
|John 12:40||Acts 28:26-27|
27 Make the hearts of this people callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their eyes; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should repent, and be healed.' [To be healed means to become free of sin, cured from sin, healed from sin, released from the bondage of sin — which is the definition of salvation. See Footnote 1 of Mark 4 for why God makes hearts callous.]
|Romans 11:8 |
8 According as it is written, "God has given them the spirit of deep sleep, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;" to this day.