A Prayer of Jesus I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.


On "Hearing" Sayings in the Synoptic Gospels

This is a search of Jesus' utterances utilizing the words "hear", "ear", deaf, listen, understand, and accept (along with all of their forms from the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke). A Greek word search was not utilized. This paper relies on the FNT translation. The focus is on the words of Jesus, and not the gospel commentaries, with the exceptions of quoting Isaiah in Matthew 12 and the voice of the Father in Matthew 17.


Compiled By Sister Michele



Matthew 5

21 You heard that it was said to the ancients: You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be liable for judgment. 22 But I say to you that everyone [being] angry with his brother will be liable for judgment.


27 You heard that it was said: You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I say to you that everyone looking at [a] woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.


33 Again you have heard that it was said to the ancients: You shall not swear falsely, but you will perform your oaths to the Lord. 34 But I say to you do not swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne, 35 nor by earth, for it is his footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king, 36 neither by your own head, for you are not able to make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word yes [be] yes [and] no [be] no, and what is more than this is from the wicked [one].


Matthew 5


Luke 6

38 You have heard that it was said: Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. 39 But I say to you not to oppose wickedness, but whoever strikes the right [side] of your cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And to the [one] wanting to sue [you] and take your shirt, give up to him your coat also. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to whoever requests of you, and from the [one] wanting to borrow from you do not turn away 43 You have heard that it was said: You shall agape-love your neighbor, and you shall hate your enemy. 44 But I say to you, be agape-loving your enemies and be praying for those persecuting you, 45 in order that you become sons of your father in [the] heavens.


27 But I say to those who hear: Be agape-loving your enemies, be doing good to those hating you. 28 Be speaking well of those cursing you, Be praying concerning those mistreating you. 29 To the [one] striking you on the cheek offer the other, and from the [one] taking your garment also do not withhold your tunic. 30 To all asking [of you] be giving, and from the [one] taking your [things] do not ask it back. 31 And just as you are wanting that men be doing to you, be doing likewise to them. 32 And if you agape-love those agape-loving you, how is grace to you? For even sinners agape-love those who agape-love them. 33 And if you do good to those doing good to you, how is grace to you? Even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to whom you hope to receive, how is grace to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in order to receive back equal. 35 Rather, be agape-loving your enemies and be doing good and be lending, receiving back nothing. And your reward will be great in heaven, and you will be sons of the most high because he is kind to [the] ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be becoming merciful, just as your father is merciful.


Luke 4

23 And he said to them: Certainly you will tell me this parable: Physician, heal yourself; as much as we heard came to pass in Capernaum, do also here in your native-land. 24 But he said: Truly I say to you that no prophet is welcome in his native-land. 25 But in truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut three years and six months, that there came to pass [a] great famine upon all the land, 26 and to none of them was Elijah sent except to Sarpta of Sidon to [a] widow woman. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel upon Elisha and none of them were healed except Naiman the Syrene.


Matthew 6

5 And when you pray, be not as the hypocrites. For they philia-love to be praying [when] standing in the synagogues and in the street corners, in order that they be manifest to men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and having closed the door, pray to your father that [is] in secret, and your father who sees in secret will reward you 7 But when you pray, do not babble like the nations, for they suppose that by their wordiness they will be heard. 8 Be not as they, for your father knows what needs you have before you ask him.


Matthew 7


Luke 6

24 Therefore everyone who hears these my words and does them, he will be like a shrewd man, who built his house upon the rock. 25 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and they fell against that house, and it did not fall, for it had been built on the rock. 26 And everyone hearing these my words and not doing them is like [a] stupid man, who built his house on sand. 27 And the rain came down and the rivers came and the winds blew and fell against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.


46 Why do you call me 'lord lord', and not do what I say? 47 Everyone coming to me and hearing my words and doing, I will show you what he is like. 48 He is like [a] man building [a] house, who dug and deepened and placed [the] foundation upon the rock. But when flood came to pass, the river dashed against that house, and it was unable to shake it because it was well built. 49 But the [one] having heard and not having done is like [a] man building [a] house upon the ground without [a] foundation, against which the river dashed, and it was straightway shaken, and great was the fall of that house.



Matthew 10

Mark 6


14 And whoever does not receive you nor hear your words, when you come of that house or city, shake the dust off your feet.

10 And he was saying to them: Wherever you enter [a] house, there be remaining until you depart from there, 11 and whatever place should not receive you nor hear you, going out from there shake off the dust under you feet as [a] witness to them.



Matthew 10


Luke 12

27 What I say to you in darkness, you speak in the light, and what you hear in your ear, proclaim in the houses.


2 For nothing is covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not become known. 3 Rather whatever you say in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you say into the ear in the storehouse will be preached on the houses.


Matthew 11


Luke 7

4 And answering Jesus said to them: Go tell John what you hear and see: 5 The blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and deaf hear, and dead are raised and [the] poor are good-newsed. 6 And blessed is he who shall not be offended in me.


11 Truly I say to you, there has not arisen [one] born of women greater than John the baptizing [one]. But the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he. 12 But from the days of John the baptizing [one] until now the kingdom of the heavens suffers violence, and violent men ravish her. 13 For all the prophets and law until John prophesied [it]. 14 And if you wish to accept [it], he himself is Elijah, the [one] destined to be coming. 15 The [one] having ears to be hearing let him be hearing.


22 And answering he said to them: Having gone report to John what you saw and heard: Blind see, lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and deaf hear, dead are raised, poor are preached to, 23 and blessed is he who is not stumbled in me.


Matthew 12

15 But Jesus having known [this] went out from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all, 16 and he commanded them that they not make him known, 17 in order that what was said by Isaiah the prophet be fulfilled when he says:

18 Behold my son whom I chose

My agape-beloved who pleases my psyche-life I will place my spirit upon him

And he will report judgment to the nations,

19 He will not strive nor cry out

Nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

20 [A] bruised reed he will not break

And [a] smoking cord he will not put out

Until judgment be cast out to victory

21 And the nations hope in his name.




Matthew 12


Luke 11

42 [The] queen of [the] south will rise in the judgment against this generation and will bring judgment against it, because she came from the other side of the land to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold here [is] [one] greater than Solomon.



29 Now when the crowds were gathered even more he began to be saying: This generation is [a] wicked generation, it seeks [a] sign, and [a] sign will not be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For just as Jonah became [a] sign to the Ninevites, thus will also the son of man be to this pernicious generation. 31 [the] queen of the south will arise in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold [one] greater than Solomon [is] here. 32 [the] men of Ninevah will arise in the judgment with this generation and condemn them; for they repented upon the preaching of Jonah, and behold [one] greater than Jonah [is] here.



Mark 4

Luke 8


21 And he says to them that: Does [a] lamp come in order that it be placed under the bushel or under the bed? Is it not in order that it be placed upon the lampstand? 22 For is anything hidden if not in order that it be revealed? 23 If anyone has ears to be hearing, let him be hearing

16 But no one having lit [a] lamp hides it in [a] vessel or places it under [a] basket, but places it on [a] lampstand, that those coming in may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not become manifest, nor hidden that will not be made known and shall come into manifestation.



Mark 4

Luke 8


24 And he says to them: Be watching what you are hearing. With what measure you measure it shall be measured to you, and shall be put to you. 25 For whoever has, it shall be given to him, and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away.

18 Be looking therefore how you hear; for whoever has, it will be given to him; and whoever has not, even what he supposes he has will be taken from him.


Luke 8



19 Now his mother and brothers came to him, and were unable to meet him because of the crowd. 20 So it was reported to him, Your mother and your brothers stand outside wishing to see you. 21 But answering he said to them: My mother and my brothers are those hearing and doing the word of God.


Matthew 15

Mark 7


10 And calling out to the crowd he said to them: Be hearing and be understanding: 11 not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

12 Then the disciples came to him saying to him: Do you know that when the Pharisees heard the statement they were stumbled? 13 But answering he said: Every plant that my heavenly father did not plant will be rooted up. 14 Let them be. They are blind guides. But if blind guide blind, both will fall into the pit. 15 But Peter answering said to him: Explain to us the parable. 16 But he said: Are you also still without understanding? 17 Don't you know that everything entering the mouth proceeds into the belly and is expelled into the latrine? 18 But the [things] coming out of the mouth proceed out of the heart, and these defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, slanders, 20 these are the [things] defiling the man. But to be eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.

14 And again having called upon the crowd he says to them: Hear from me, all [of you], and understand. 15 There is nothing outside of man entering into him that is able to defile him; But the [things] proceeding out are the [things] defiling the man. 16If anyone has ears to be hearing, let him be hearing.


18 And he says to them: Are you thus also without understanding? Do you not understand that everything outside entering into the man is not able to defile him? 19 That it does not enter into the heart but into the belly, and proceeds out into the latrine? 20 But he was saying to them that: What comes out of man, this defiles the man. 21 For from inside the heart of men proceed out evil reasonings, fornications, thefts, murders, 22 adulteries, avarices, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, [an] evil eye, slander, arrogance, 23 all these wicked [things] from inside proceed out and defile the man.



Mark 7


32 And they brought to him [a] deaf and speech impeded [man], and they called upon him in order that he lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he thrust his fingers into his ears and having spat he touched his tongue. 34 And having looked up into heaven he groaned and says to him: Ephphatha, which is: Be opened up. 35 And his hearing was opened, and straightway the bonds of his tongue were loosed, and he spoke straight. 36 And he ordered them in order that they tell no one; but as much as he ordered them, these rather heralded all the more. 37 And beyond all measure they were astounded saying: He has done everything well, and the deaf he makes to be hearing and the mute to be speaking.




Matthew 16

Mark 8


8 But Jesus knowing [this] said: Why do you reason among yourselves, [You] little-faiths, that you [may] not have bread? 9 Do you not yet understand, or have you forgotten the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took? 10 Or the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many baskets you took? 11 How do you not understand that I spoke to you not concerning bread? Be guarding yourself from the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

17 And having known he says to them: Why do you reason that you don't have loaves? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? You have hardened your heart. 18 Having eyes they do not see, and having ears they do not hear? And do you not remember, 19 when having broken the five loaves to the five thousands how many baskets full of scraps you took up? They say to him: Twelve. 20 When the seven to the four thousand, how many baskets full of scraps did you take up? And they say: Seven. 21 And he was saying to them: Do you not yet understand?



Matthew 17

Mark 9

Luke 9

5 While he was yet speaking behold [a] radiant cloud overshadowed them, and behold [a] voice out of the cloud said: This is my agape-beloved son with whom I am well-pleased. Be hearing him.

7 And [a] cloud came to pass overshadowing them, and [a] voice came to pass out of the cloud; This is my agape-beloved son, Be hearing him.


35 And [a] voice came to pass out of the cloud saying: This is my chosen son, Be hearing him.



Mark 9


25 And when Jesus saw that [the] crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit saying: Mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and no longer may you enter into him.



Mark 12


28 And one of the scribes having come to [him] who heard them debating, having seen that he answered them well, asked him: What sort of commandment [is] first of all? 29 Jesus answered that: Here is the first:

Be hearing, Israel, [the] Lord your God is one Lord, 30 and you will agape-love your God from all your heart, and all your psyche-life, and all your mind, and all your strength.

This [is the] first commandment. 31 The second [is] like [it, namely] thus:

You will agape-love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.



Luke 10



16 The [one] hearing [of you] hears of me, and the [one] rejecting you rejects me; but the [one] rejecting me rejects the [one] having sent me.


Luke 10



23 And having turned to the disciples privately he said: Blessed [are] the eyes seeing what you see. 24 For I say to you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and they did not see, and to hear what you hear, and they did not hear.


Luke 11



27 Now it came to pass when he was saying these [things a] certain woman having lifted up [her] voice said: Blessed [is] the belly that bore you and the breasts which gave you suck. 28 But he said: On the contrary, blessed are those hearing the word of God and guarding [it].


Matthew 18

15 But if your brother sins, go tell him between you and him only. If he hears you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he not hear you, take along with you yet one or two, that on [the] mouth of two or three testifiers might stand every word. 17 But if he not hear them, speak to the assembly. And if he refuse to hear the assembly, he must be to you as the gentile and the tax-gatherer.




Matthew 19

8 He says to them: because Moses tolerated [it] to you because your hard-heartedness. This did not come to pass from the beginning. 9 But I say to you that whoever puts away his wife makes her commit adultery, and the one having married the [one] having been put away commits adultery. 10 The disciples say to him: If this is the relationship of the man with his wife, it is not advantageous to marry.11 But he said to them: Not all accept this statement, but to you it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs born that way from their mothers' belly, and there are some eunuchs castrated by men, and there are some eunuchs [who] castrate themselves because of the kingdom of the heavens. The [one] able to be accepting, let him be accepting [it]. (accepting: grasping/understanding)




Luke 14



26 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yet even his own psyche-life, is not able to be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me is not able to be my disciple. 28 For who among you wishing to build [a] tower does not first having sat reckon the cost, if he has [enough] for completion? 29 In order that when he having placed [the] foundation and not being able to complete [it] all those beholding begin to be mocking him, 30 saying that: This man began to be building and was not able to complete [it]. 31 Or what king when he proceeds to another king to engage in battle does not having sat first resolve if he is able in ten thousand to meet the [one] coming upon him with twenty thousand? 32 But if not, while being afar off having sent [an] ambassador he asks the [terms] for peace. 33 Likewise therefore everyone among you who does not take leave of all his possessions is not able to be my disciple. 34 Good therefore [is] the salt. But if the salt become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 Neither for [the] ground nor for the dung heap is it fit, they throw it out. The [one] having ears to be hearing, let him be hearing.


Matthew 24

Mark 13

Luke 21

6 But you will hear [of] wars and the rumor of wars. See that you are not being troubled, for these [things] must come to pass, but not yet is the end.

7 But whenever you hear wars and rumors of wars, Do not be being frightened; it must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

9 But when you hear wars and disorders, be not frightened, for it is necessary these [things] come to pass first, but not straightway [is] the end.


Matthew 24

Mark 13


15 When therefore you see the abomination of devastation, the [thing] said through Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, the [one] who reads, let him understand, 16 then those in Judea, let them flee to the mountains.

14 But when you see the abomination of desecration having stood where it must not, the [one] reading, let him understand, then let those in Judea be fleeing into the mountains.