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Ear: Organ of hearing; power to distinguish sounds; spike of corn or other grain
Hear: Perceive by the ear; heed

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  Leviticus 14:14   |   Deuteronomy 1:45   |   Job 13:1   |   Job 34:2   |   Proverbs 5:1,13   |   Prov 23:11-12   |   Prov 28:9   |   Nehemiah 1:6   |   Jeremiah 28:7   |   Jer 36:13   |   Isaiah 6:10   |   Isa 32:3, 9   |   Isa 35:5   |   Isa 43:8   |   Isa 50:4-5   |   Micah 7:16   |   Matthew 11:5  
Deaf:   Exodus 4:11   |   Leviticus 19:14   |   Psalm 28:1   |   Psalm 38:13  
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Deuteronomy 4:1, Deuteronomy 5:1, Deuteronomy 6:3-4, Deuteronomy 9:1 - Hear, Israel
Ruth 1:6 - Living in Moab during a famine at home, Naomi (of Bethlehem) heard that the Lord had visited Judah with bread there again.
Psalm 39:12 - Hear my prayer, O LORD...
Isaiah 42:18 - Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Hebrews 4:2 - ... the word they heard didn't profit them, because it wasn't mixed with faith...
Revelation 16:1 - I heard a loud voice out of the temple...

EAR [Easton Bible Dictionary]

Used frequently in a figurative sense (Psalms 34:15). To "uncover the ear" is to show respect to a person (1 Samuel 20:2 marg.). To have the "ear heavy", or to have "uncircumcised ears" (Isaiah 6:10), is to be inattentive and disobedient. To have the ear "bored" through with an awl was a sign of perpetual servitude (Exodus 21:6).



('ozen; ous, otion, the latter word (literally, "earlet") in all the Gospels only used of the ear of the high priest's servant, which was cut off by Peter: Matthew 26:51; Mark 14:47; Luke 22:51 (not Luke 22:50); John 18:10,26):

(1) The physical organ of hearing which was considered of peculiar importance as the chief instrument by which man receives information and commandments. For this reason the ear of the priest had to be specially sanctified, the tip of the right ear being touched with sacrificial blood at the consecration (Leviticus 8:23). Similarly the ear of the cleansed leper had to be rededicated to the service of God by blood and oil (Leviticus 14:14,17,25,28). The ear-lobe of a servant, who preferred to remain with the family of his master rather than become free in the seventh year, was to be publicly bored or pierced with an awl in token of perpetual servitude (Exodus 21:6). It has been suggested that Psalms 40:6 should be interpreted in this sense, but this is not probable (see below). The cutting off of the ears and noses of captives was an atrocious custom of war frequently alluded to in oriental literature, (Ezekiel 23:25). The phrase "to open the ear," which originally means the uncovering of the ear by partially removing the turban, so as to permit a clearer hearing, is used in the sense of revealing a secret or of giving important (private) information (1 Samuel 9:15; 20:2,12-13; 2 Samuel 7:27; 1 Chronicles 17:25; also Psalms 40:6), and the New Testament promises similarly that "things which eye saw not, and ear heard not" are to be revealed by the reconciled God to the heart that in gladsome surrender has come to Him to be taught by His spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9).

(2) The inner ear, the organ of spiritual perception. If the ear listens, the heart willingly submits, but often the spiritual ear is "hardened" (Isaiah 6:10; Zechariah 7:11; Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27), or "heavy" (Isaiah 6:10; also Deuteronomy 29:4), either by self-seeking obstinacy or by the judgment of an insulted God. Such unwilling hearers are compared to the "deaf adder .... which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely" (Psalms 58:4-5; compare also Proverbs 21:13; 28:9; Acts 7:57). The expression "He that hath ears to hear let him hear" is frequent in the Synoptic Gospels, occurring 7 or 8 times: Matthew 11:15; 13:9,43; Mark 4:9,23 (Mark 7:16 the Revised Version (British and American) omits); Luke 8:8; 14:35, and while not found in the Fourth Gospel, it occurs seven times in Revelation 2 and Revelation 3. "Itching ears," on the other hand, are those that have become tired of the sound of oft-repeated truth and that long for new though deceitful teaching (2 Timothy 4:3). Ears may "tingle" at startling news, especially of disaster (1 Samuel 3:11; 2 Kings 21:12; Jeremiah 19:3).

(3) God's ears are often mentioned in the anthropopathic style of Scripture, signifying the ability of God to receive the petitions of His people, for "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear?" (Psalms 94:9; also Psalms 10:17; 34:15; 130:2; Isaiah 59:1; 1 Peter 3:12). But God also hears the murmurings of the wicked against Him (Numbers 11:1; 2 Kings 19:28; The Wisdom of Solomon 1:10; James 5:4); still it lies in His power to refuse to hear (Ezekiel 8:18; Lamentations 3:8; compare also Lamentations 3:56).

H. L. E. Luering

HEAR [Thompson Chain Reference]

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