9 He said, "Go and tell this people: " 'Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.'

Other Translations of Isaiah 6:9

King James Version

9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand indeed, but understand: or, without ceasing, etc: Heb. in hearing, etc not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

English Standard Version

9 And he said, "Go, and say to this people: "'Keep on hearing,Or Hear indeed but do not understand; keep on seeing,Or see indeed but do not perceive.'

The Message

9 He said, "Go and tell this people: "'Listen hard, but you aren't going to get it; look hard, but you won't catch on.'

New King James Version

9 And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.'

New Living Translation

9 And he said, "Yes, go, and say to this people, 'Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.'

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Isaiah 6:9

Commentary on Isaiah 6:9-13

(Read Isaiah 6:9-13)

God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God's word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.