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John 9

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The man that was born blind restored to sight.

9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.

9:2 His disciples asked him,

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

9:3 Jesus answered,

“Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.

9:4 I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.

9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

9:6 When he had said this, he spat on the ground, made mud with the saliva, anointed the blind man’s eyes with the mud,

9:7 and said to him,

“Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”).
So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.

He is brought to the Pharisees.

9:8 The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said,

“Isn’t this he who sat and begged?”

9:9 Others were saying,

“It is he.”
Still others were saying,
“He looks like him.”
He said,
“I am he.”

9:10 They therefore were asking him,

“How were your eyes opened?”

9:11 He answered,

“A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.’ So I went away and washed, and I received sight.”

9:12 Then they asked him,

“Where is he?”
He said,
“I don’t know.”

They are offended at it, and excommunicate him;

9:13 They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.

9:14 It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

9:15 Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. He said to them,

“He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see.”

9:16 Some therefore of the Pharisees said,

“This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep the Sabbath.”
Others said,
“How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?”
There was division among them.

9:17 Therefore they asked the blind man again,

“What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?”
He said,
“He is a prophet.”

9:18 The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,

9:19 and asked them,

“Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

9:20 His parents answered them,

“We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;

9:21 but how he now sees, we don’t know; or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. He is of age. Ask him. He will speak for himself.”

9:22 His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.

9:23 Therefore his parents said,

“He is of age. Ask him.”

9:24 So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him,

“Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”

9:25 He therefore answered,

“I don’t know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

9:26 They said to him again,

“What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

9:27 He answered them,

“I told you already, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t also want to become his disciples, do you?”

9:28 They insulted him and said,

“You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don’t know where he comes from.”

9:30 The man answered them,

“How amazing! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.*

9:32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.

9:33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

9:34 They answered him,

“You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?”
They threw him out.

but he is received of Jesus, and confesses him.

9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said,

“Do you believe in the Son of God?”

9:36 He answered,

“Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?”

9:37 Jesus said to him,

“You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you.”

9:38 He said,

“Lord, I believe!”
and he worshiped him.

Who they are whom Christ enlightens.

9:39 Jesus said,

“I came into this world for judgment, that those who don’t see may see; and that those who see may become blind.”

9:40 Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him,

“Are we also blind?”

9:41 Jesus said to them,

“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say,
‘We see.’
Therefore your sin remains.

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