Q J 9:1-38. The 6th Sign. K 9:39-41. Charge of the Lord against Pharisees. J 10.1-18. Signification of the sign. K 10:18-21. The Consequence of the Sign.
J L 1,2. The Sign. Occasion. M 3-5. The Purpose of the Sign. L 6,7. The Sign. Wrought. M 8-38. The Consequence of the Sign.
1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And His disciples asked Him (not necessarily the 12. See note on "neighbors [v.8]), saying, "Master (Gr.Rabbi), who did sin, this man (The Lord was appealed to as Rabbi to settle a much controverted point as to pre-natal sin; or another question that "there shall be neither merit nor demerit in the days of Messiah", referring back to "My day" [8:56]), or his parents, in order that he should be born blind?"
3 Jesus answered, "Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but [he was born blind] in order that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (Here we have the real answer to question in v.2)
4 I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man is able work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He applied the clay to the eyes of the blind man with the clay, (See 5:5 for signification.)
7 And said to him, "Go, wash into the pool (Gr. kolumbethra, a pool for swimming or bathing) of Siloam," (which is by interpretation, Sent. (so called from the sending forth of waters, which were intermittent)) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came [out] seeing.
M N 8-12. The neighbors and the man. O 13-17. The Pharisees and the man. P 18-23. The parents and the man. O 24-34. The Pharisees and the man. N 35-38. The Lord and the man.
8 The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, "Is not this he that was sitting and begging?"
9 Some said, "This is he:" others said, "He is like him:" but he said, "I am he."
10 Therefore said they to him, "How were your eyes opened?"
11 He answered and said, "A Man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash:' and I went and washed, and I looked up [and saw]."
12 Therefore said they to him, "Where is He?" He said, "I know not." (= have [intuitive] knowledge)
13 They bring to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay (held then to be a breach of the law), and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and do see."
16 Therefore said some from the Pharisees, "This Man is not of God, because He keeps not the sabbath day." Others said, "How can a man that is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them.
17 They say concerning the blind man again, "What do you say of Him, that He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."
18 But the Jews (Kenites) did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of the very one that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, of whom you say that he was born blind? how then doth he now see?"
20 His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But how he now sees, we know not; or who has opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak concerning himself."
22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews (Kenites): for the Jews (Kenites) had agreed together, to this end that if any one should confess that He was Messiah, He should become put out of the synagogue. (Gr. aposunagogus = excommunicated)
23 On account of this said his parents, "He is of age; ask him."
24 Then of a second time called they the man that was blind, and said to him, "Give glory to God: we know that this Man is a sinner."
25 Therefore he answered and said, "If He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."
26 Then said they to him again, "What did He do to you? how did He opened your eyes?"
27 He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not hear: why do you wish to hear it again? surely you do not wish to become His disciples?"
28 Then they railed at him (not merely rebuked, but abused), and said, "You are that Man's disciple (spoken with contempt); but we are Moses' disciples.
29 We know that God has spoken to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not where he is."
30 The man answered and said to them, "Why in this is a wonderful thing, that you know not from where He is, and yet He has opened my eyes.
31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any one be A God-loving person, and does His will, him He hears.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any one opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this Man were not of God, He would not be able to do anything."
34 They answered and said to him, "You were wholly born in sins, and do you teach us?" And they cast him outside.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him outside; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Surely you believe on the Son of God?"
36 He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?"
37 And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him, and it is He that talks with you."
38 And he said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him.
39 And Jesus said, "For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might become blind."
40 And [those] of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, "Surely we also are not blind, are we?"
41 Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no sin: but now you say, 'We see;' therefore your sin abides."