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

  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    We should not let the cares of this world affect us
  • Douglas Gilbert Wells
    We need grow in our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
  • BSP
    Verses 18 and 19: The anxieties of life and wanting material things can cause one's love for God and for God's Word to be choked out and die.
  • Cody
    There is not a storm big enough god can not handle in a blink of an eye
  • BSP
    Verse 24 reminds me of the principle that you get out of something how much you put into something.
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 4:14 THE SOWER SOWETH THE WORD 4:15 AND THESE ARE THEY BY THE WAYSIDE WHERE THE WORD IS SOWN BUT WHEN THEY HAVE HEARD satan COMETH IMMEDIATELY AND TAKETH AWAY THE WORD THAT WAS SOWN IN THEIR HEARTS 4:16 AND THESE ARE THEY LIKEWISE WHICH ARE SOWN ON STONY GROUND WHO WHEN THEY HAVE HEARD THE WORD IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE IT WITH GLADNESS

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