14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said, 'You will listen, but will not understand; you will look, but will not perceive.
15 Make this peoples' heart callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their [spiritual] eyes; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and repent, and be healed.'1 [See Footnote 1 of Mark 4 for why Jesus speaks in parables to prevent certain people from hearing the meaning of his teachings and gospel.]
|Isaiah 6:9-10 |
9 And he said, "Go, and tell this people, 'You surely hear, but do not understand; and you surely see, but do not perceive.'
10 Make the hearts of this people calloused, and shut their ears, and close their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and repent and be healed."1 [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.]