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

  • 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.
  • Anthony for verse 25
    Like a lot of things in the Bible, here's a verse I never really agreed with or liked. It actually is mean spirited a saying. At least I think so. So you're saying "Ok for those fortunate enough to have, they'll get more, if you don't then it sucks to be you, out of spite you'll not only get anything but what little you do have will be taken from you" Yeah that's gracious to be sure.
  • Charles
    Mark 4 is a chapter of direction and instruction if we would follow the instructions and directions of Christ our lives would be much different
  • Brianna for verse 11
    The deep things of God are not for everyone. Though Jehovah God is good towards all, he reserves special rights for those who love him whole souled. He reveals insight into the future events ahead of us to, those who would appreciate. It is as Jesus said, do not throw your pearls before swine.
  • Ron
    Remember, the disciples were already in the boat with Christ which should have been enough to secure their hearts on safety, the same applies to Christians who fear unnecessarily today however bleak the outlook at the time because satan is as a roaring lion ready and eager to pounce at any moment. The world 's tide will always be contrary to saints, hence the need for strong faith whatever attack the enemy levels at us. It is rarely noticed that there were other boats following them on that same rough sea who were without the assurance of Christ as an anchor to rely on. It is the same today for all Saints who are in the safe keeping of having The Saviour with them. What ever happened to those other boats only God knows, they had heard The Word and seen the miracles but how many were lost because they did not partake of the true Bread of life even when they had watched and even share in eating the miracle food from the hand of the Lord himself. Time is short, beware the satanicly inspire doubts from an already sentenced prince of darkness.

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