Bible: John 9:1-41

Healing a Man Born Blind

9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 1  he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 2 Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 3  or his parents? 4  9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 5  nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 6  the acts 7  of God may be revealed 8  through what happens to him. 9  9:4 We must perform the deeds 10  of the one who sent me 11  as long as 12  it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 13  9:6 Having said this, 14  he spat on the ground and made some mud 15  with the saliva. He 16  smeared the mud on the blind man’s 17  eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam 18  (which is translated “sent). 19  So the blind man 20  went away and washed, and came back seeing.

9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 21  as a beggar began saying, 22 Is this not the man 23  who used to sit and beg? 9:9 Some people said, 24 This is the man!” 25  while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 26  The man himself 27  kept insisting, “I am the one! 28  9:10 So they asked him, 29 How then were you made to see? 30  9:11 He replied, 31 The man called Jesus made mud, 32  smeared it 33  on my eyes and told me, 34 Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 35  9:12 They said 36  to him, “Where is that man?” 37  He replied, 38 I don’t know.”

The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing

9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 39  to the Pharisees. 40  9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 41  and caused him to see 42  was a Sabbath.) 43  9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 44  He replied, 45 He put mud 46  on my eyes and I washed, and now 47  I am able to see.”

9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 48 This man is not from God, because he does not observe 49  the Sabbath.” 50  But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 51  such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 52  among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 53 What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 54  “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 55 

9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 56  refused to believe 57  that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 58  the parents of the man who had become able to see. 59  9:19 They asked the parents, 60 Is this your son, whom you say 61  was born blind? Then how does he now see? 9:20 So his parents replied, 62 We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 9:21 But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. 63  Ask him, he is a mature adult. 64  He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 65  For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 66  to be the Christ 67  would be put out 68  of the synagogue. 69  9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 70  ask him.”) 71 

9:24 Then they summoned 72  the man who used to be blind 73  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 74  We know that this man 75  is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 76 I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” 9:26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see? 77  9:27 He answered, 78 I told you already and you didn’t listen. 79  Why do you want to hear it 80  again? You people 81  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?

9:28 They 82  heaped insults 83  on him, saying, 84 You are his disciple! 85  We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 86  comes from! 9:30 The man replied, 87 This is a remarkable thing, 88  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 89  9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 90  sinners, but if anyone is devout 91  and does his will, God 92  listens to 93  him. 94  9:32 Never before 95  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 96  9:33 If this man 97  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 98 You were born completely in sinfulness, 99  and yet you presume to teach us?” 100  So they threw him out.

The Man’s Response to Jesus

9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man 101  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? 102  9:36 The man 103  replied, 104 And who is he, sir, that 105  I may believe in him? 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 106  is the one speaking with you.” 107  9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 108  9:39 Jesus 109  said,] 110  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 111  and the ones who see may become blind.”

9:40 Some of the Pharisees 112  who were with him heard this 113  and asked him, 114 We are not blind too, are we? 115  9:41 Jesus replied, 116 If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 117  but now because you claim that you can see, 118  your guilt 119  remains.” 120 

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