“But as it is written.
‘Those who have never been told
They shall see.
Those who have never heard of him,
They shall understand.’”
ἀλλὰ καθὼς γέγραπται Ὄψονται οἷς οὐκ ἀνηγγέλη περὶ αὐτοῦ, καὶ οἳ οὐκ ἀκηκόασιν συνήσουσιν.
Paul said that it was written (ἀλλὰ καθὼς γέγραπται). “Those who have never been told of him (οἷς οὐκ ἀνηγγέλη περὶ αὐτοῦ), they shall see (Ὄψονται). Those who have never heard of him (καὶ οἳ οὐκ ἀκηκόασιν), they shall understand (συνήσουσιν).” Once again, Paul cited Isaiah, chapter 52:15, the chant of the suffering servant. “Kings shall shut their mouths because of him. What had not been told them, they shall see. What they have not heard, they shall contemplate.” Here there is a painful description of this servant of Yahweh, who is going to prosper, be exalted, and be lifted up very high. They suddenly saw things that they did not know about. They contemplated things that they had not heard. This was like the preaching of Paul. His listeners were seeing things that they did not know anything about. They were contemplating or understanding things they had never heard before. Paul was like the suffering servant of Isaiah, a wonderful preacher who sought new ground. Are you seeing and understanding things that you never understood before?