And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, 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 convert, and be healed.
Isaiah was to declare the Word of the Lord to a people who would be judicially blinded and hardened through rejection of the message. This does not describe the goal of Isaiah’s ministry, but the inevitable result. The people had so persistently perverted their ways that they had gone beyond the possibility of conversion and healing.