Came across this passage in Deuteronomy (29:2-4) the other day:
2 Now Moses called all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land— 3 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs, and those great wonders. 4 Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.
I've never heard a discussion on this. Verse 4 struck me and put me in mind of the much discussed passage from Isaiah (6:8-10):
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10 “Make the heart of this people dull, And 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.”
Despite all the commentary I've heard on this passage, I've never really understood it. But anyway, my question: Do we see in vv. 9 and 10 an echo of Deut. 29:4? Would the Deuteronomy verse be recalled in the mind of a Biblically literate person of Isaiah's time who heard or read Isaiah here? Or is the heart/ears/eyes language just sort of common speech for that day? Or is this just pure coincidence? Thanks.