The Gospel According to John

Chapter 9


The Healing of the Man Born Blind
1 As Jesus was going on His way, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 "Teacher," said His disciples to Him, "who was it that sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" 3 Jesus replied, "Neither this man nor his parents. It was to let God's work be shown plainly in him. 4 I must work the work of Him who sent Me, while it is day. Night comes, when no man can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the Light of the World."

6 After He had said this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva and put the mud on the blind man's eyes. 7 Then He said to him, "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." So the man went away and washed, and he came back with sight in his eyes.

8 The neighbors and those who had known him formerly as a beggar, then asked, "Isn't this the man who sat and begged?" 9 Some said, "Surely, it is." Others said, "No, but he looks much like him." He himself said, "I am he." 10 Then they said to him, "How were your eyes opened?" 11 He answered, "A Man called Jesus made mud and spread it on my eyes. Then He said to me,'Go to Siloam, and wash.' And I went and washed, and received my sight." 12 "Where is He?" they asked. He answered, "I don't know."

The Pharisees Question Him
13 They brought the formerly blind man to the Pharisees. 14 Now, it was on a sabbath that Jesus had made mud and opened his eyes. 15 The Pharisees inquired of him once mole how he had gotten his sight. He told them, "He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see!" 16 Some of the Pharisees then said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath." Others argued, "How can a sinful man do such great miracles?" There was thus a disagreement among them. 17 And they spoke again to the blind man, and asked, "What do you say about him, seeing that he opened your eyes?" He answered, "He is a Prophet."

18 The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and that he had gotten his sight, till they called in the parents of the man whose eyes had been opened. 19 "Is this your son," they asked them, "the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?" 20 His parents said, "Yes, we know that this is our son, and that he was born blind. 21 But we do not know how he now sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. He himself is of age; ask him. He will tell his own story." 22 Such was the answer of the parents, because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had agreed among themselves that should anyone acknowledge Him as the Christ, he would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 That is why the parents said, "He is of age; ask him."

24 So they again summoned the man who had been blind and said to him, "Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner." 25 He answered them, "I do not know that He is a sinner. One thing I do know, that I was once blind but now I see." 26 Once more they questioned him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27 "I have already told you that," said he, "but you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Is it because you also want to become His disciples?"

28 Then they abused him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we do not know where he is from." 30 The man answered, "Why, how strange that you do not know where He is from, and yet He gave me the use of my eyes! 31 We know that God does not hear sinners, but if a man is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. 32 In all the years since the world began no one has ever heard of anyone opening the eyes of one born blind. 33 Unless this Man were from God, He could do nothing."

34 They shouted back at him, "You are altogether depraved, and you have the face to teach us?" And they threw him out.

Jesus Rebukes the Pharisees
35 Jesus, having heard that they had thrown the man out, went and found him and said, "Do you believe on the Son of Man?" 36 He answered, "Who is He, Sir? Tell me, so that I can believe on Him." 37 Jesus said to him, "You have seen Him. It is He who is speaking to you." 38 "I believe, Lord," he said, and then he kneeled before Him. 39 And Jesus said, "I came into the world to bring judgment, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind." 40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard Him say this, and they said to Him, "Perhaps we, too, are blind?" 41 "If you were blind," answered Jesus, "you would have no sin. But, since you say,'We see,' your sins remain."


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