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Scripture References
  • The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV)
  • "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matthew 6:22-23 NKJV)
  • The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. (Psalm 135:15-18 NKJV)
  • "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand." (Matthew 13:13 NKJV)
  • "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains." (John 9:41 NKJV)
  • The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. (Psalm 10:4 NKJV)
  • Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV)
  • "Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:24-25 NKJV)
  • By pride comes nothing but strife... (Proverbs 13:10a NKJV)
  • ...he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:11 NKJV)
  • "If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?" (John 3:12 NKJV)
  • For "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved." How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? ...faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:13-17 NKJV)
Commentary
  • Earth's crammed with heaven,
    And every common bush afire with God;
    But only he who sees, takes off his shoes;
    The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries,
    And daub their natural faces unaware
    More and more from the first similitude. -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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