Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Sixth Sign: Healing a Man Born Blind
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus answered. “This came about so that God’s works(D) might be displayed in him. 4 We[a] must do the works(E) of Him who sent Me[b] while it is day.(F) Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”(G)
6 After He said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud(H) from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. 7 “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam”(I) (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing.(J)
8 His neighbors and those who formerly had seen him as a beggar said, “Isn’t this the man who sat begging?” 9 Some said, “He’s the one.” “No,” others were saying, “but he looks like him.”
He kept saying, “I’m the one!”
10 Therefore they asked him, “Then how were your eyes opened?”
12 “Where is He?” they asked.
“I don’t know,” he said.
The Healed Man’s Testimony
13 They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees.(M) 14 The day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.(N) 15 So again the Pharisees asked him how he received his sight.
“He put mud on my eyes,” he told them. “I washed and I can see.”
16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God,(O) for He doesn’t keep the Sabbath!” But others were saying, “How can a sinful man(P) perform such signs?” And there was a division(Q) among them.
17 Again they asked the blind man,[c] “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?”
“He’s a prophet,”(R) he said.
18 The Jews did not believe this about him—that he was blind and received sight—until they summoned the parents of the one who had received his sight.
19 They asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
20 “We know this is our son and that he was born blind,” his parents answered. 21 “But we don’t know how he now sees, and we don’t know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he’s of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jews, since the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him as Messiah,(S) he would be banned from the synagogue. 23 This is why his parents said, “He’s of age; ask him.”
25 He answered, “Whether or not He’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!”
26 Then they asked him, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
27 “I already told you,” he said, “and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t want to become His disciples too, do you?”
30 “This is an amazing thing,” the man told them. “You don’t know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes! 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners,(X) but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will,(Y) He listens to him.(Z) 32 Throughout history[e] no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind.(AA) 33 If this man were not from God, He wouldn’t be able to do anything.”(AB)
The Blind Man’s Sight and the Pharisees’ Blindness
36 “Who is He, Sir,(AF) that I may believe in Him?” he asked.
37 Jesus answered, “You have seen Him; in fact, He is the One speaking with you.”
38 “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped Him.
40 Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?”
- John 9:4 Other mss read I
- John 9:4 Other mss read sent us
- John 9:17 = the man who had been blind
- John 9:24 Give glory to God was a solemn charge to tell the truth; Jos 7:19.
- John 9:32 Lit From the age
- John 9:34 = they banned him from the synagogue; v. 22
- John 9:35 Other mss read the Son of God
- John 9:41 To have sin is an idiom that refers to guilt caused by sin.