Isaiah 6:10

Make the heart of this people dull, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return, and be healed.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
Behold mercy and judgment: mercy upon the elect, who have obtained the justice of God, but judgment upon the others who have been blinded. And yet the former have believed, because they have willed, while the latter have not believed, because they have not willed. Hence mercy and judgment were brought about in their own wills. Clearly this election is through grace, not at all through merits. - "Predestination of the Saints 6"

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Blind. The prophets are said to do what they denounce. (St. Thomas Aquinas, 1. q. xxiv. 3.) (Sanctius) Septuagint, "heavy or gross is the heart "The authors of the New Testament quote it thus less harshly. Them. Is God unwilling to heal? Why then does he send his prophet? (Calmet) He intimates that all the graces offered would be rendered useless by the hardened Jews. (St. Isidore. Pelus 2. ep. 270.) Hebrew may be, "surely they will not see "(Calmet)

Maximus of Turin

AD 423
But he appeared not so much for the eyes of human beings as for their salvation, for even though he was first seen by fleshly eyes when he was born of the virgin, still he did not appear because the eye of faith did not as yet recognize his power. Hence it is said to the Jews by the prophet: “Seeing you will see and will not see”; that is, the Savior whom they discerned with their fleshly eyes they did not see in a spiritual light. - "Sermon 101.2"

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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