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The Blindness of Disobedience

9 Pause and wonder!

Blind yourselves and be blind!

lThey are drunk, mbut not with wine;

They stagger, but not with intoxicating drink.

10 For nthe Lord has poured out on you

The spirit of deep sleep,

And has oclosed your eyes, namely, the prophets;

And He has covered your heads, namely, pthe seers.

11 The whole vision has become to you like the words of a 3book qthat is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.”

rAnd he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

12 Then the book is delivered to one who 4is illiterate, saying, “Read this, please.”

And he says, “I am not literate.”

13 Therefore the Lord said:

s“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths

And honor Me twith their lips,

But have removed their hearts far from Me,

And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men,

14 uTherefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work

Among this people,

A marvelous work and a wonder;

vFor the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,

And the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

15 wWoe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord,

And their works are in the dark;

xThey say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”

16 Surely you have things turned around!

Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay;

For shall the ything made say of him who made it,

“He did not make me”?

Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it,

“He has no understanding”?


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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