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John 12:40 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

1) "He hath blinded their eyes," (tetuphloken auton tous ophthalmous) "He has blinded their eyes," spiritually, Isa 6:9-10. After Israel willfully saw: 1) Fulfilled prophecies of Him, and 2) Miracles that He did, and willfully closed their eyes and stopped their ears, and would not believe, Joh 8:21; Joh 8:24.

2) "And hardened their heart;” (kai eporosen auton ten kardian) "And he has hardened their heart," after they had seen Him, heard His Father's voice from heaven, seen the miracles that He had done, benefited from them physically, but would not believe, Mat 23:37.

3) "That they should not see with their eyes," (hina me edosin tois ophthalmois) "In order that they might not see with their eyes," any more miracles that He would show them, except one, which was His resurrection, Mat 16:1-4.

4) "Nor understand with their heart," (kai noesosin te kardia) "And understand with the heart," having it blinded by the god of this world," 2Co 4:3-4.

5) "And be converted," (kai straphosin) "And might turn," from their chosen course of unbelief, which they followed, beyond God's day of limitation, Pro 29:1; Heb 4:7.

6) "And I should heal them." (kai iasomai autous) "And I will cure them," of the malady of sin and its judgement. Though none knows what day, what hour, or what moment God may withdraw His mercy and call to sinners to repentance, there is a day of limitation, Pro 1:20-31; 2Co 6:2; Heb 4:7; Luk 16:31.

Consult other comments:

John 12:40 - The Greek Testament

John 12:40 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

John 12:40 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

John 12:40 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

John 12:40 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

John 12:40 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

John 12:40 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:40 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:40 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

John 12:40 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

John 12:40 - Gnomon of the New Testament

John 12:40 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

John 12:40 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

John 12:40 - Old and New Testaments Restoration Commentary

John 12:40 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

John 12:40 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

John 12:40 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

John 12:40 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

John 12:40 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

John 12:40 - Combined Bible Commentary

Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary