Mark 4:12

That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That seeing they may see, and not perceiue, and hearing they may heare, and not vnderstand, lest at any time they should be conuerted, and their sinnes should be forgiuen them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

so that WHILE SEEING, THEY MAY SEE AND NOT PERCEIVE, AND WHILE HEARING, THEY MAY HEAR AND NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT RETURN AND BE FORGIVEN."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

So that seeing they may see, and it will not be clear to them; and hearing it, they will not get the sense; for fear that they may be turned again to me and have forgiveness.
- Basic English Bible

that beholding they may behold and not see, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest it may be, they should be converted and they should be forgiven.
- Darby Bible

That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
- Webster's Bible

that "`They may look and look but not see, and listen and listen but not understand, lest perchance they should return and be pardoned.'"
- Weymouth Bible

that 'seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest perhaps they should turn again, and their sins should be forgiven them.'"
- World English Bible

and se not, and thei herynge here and vnderstonde not; lest sum tyme thei be conuertid, and synnes be foryouun to hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand, lest they may turn, and the sins may be forgiven them.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 4:12


4:12 So that seeing they see and do not perceive - They would not see before now they could not, God having given them up to the blindness which they had chosen.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 4:12


Mr 4:12 That seeing they may see. Matthew gives this saying more fully and clearly. See notes on Mt 13:13,14.

Discussion for Mark 4

  • Mim
    to BSP Mark 4:22
    Pray things are brought to light soon, strange times we are living in.
  • BSP
    Mark 4:22 shows that nothing done in secret will remain a secret forever. Eventually all things are brought into the light sooner or later. If someone thinks they are getting away with something then it's good to know that things will be brought forward and dealt with eventually because God sees everything and nothing is hidden from His sight.
  • Nenbe Francis
    If you are in christ, you will over come any type of storm that may comes your way. You will not fall so long as Jesus is in your boart.
  • Kenneth
    I believe that Jesus is teaching us that we must be willing to give God and people our best so that God and people will give us their best in return.
  • Joe
    Anthony - I'm not sure vs 25 means material things. What about: To he that hath faith, more will be given him and he that hath not faith, from him shall be taken ... One could also change the word faith to understanding. Now I am not trying to add words to the scripture, but I do wonder about the intended meaning of this verse
  • Insight 777
    Verse 12 - People are shown the truth of the future of mankind with parables of past events.
    Convert = cause to change in form, character, function. If people do not understand the parables and teach falsely, they will change the lessons taught and forgive themselves the lies they teach as being truth.

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