John 9
Chapter 9
Jesus makes a blind man able to see
1While Jesus was walking along, he saw a certain man. This man had been blind since he was born. 2Jesus' disciples asked him, ‘Teacher, why was this man blind when he was born? Was it because he himself did something wrong? Or was it because his parents did something wrong?’ 3Jesus answered, ‘It was not because either this man or his parents did something wrong. It happened so that God could show his great work in this man. 4While it is still day, we must continue to work. God has sent me and we must do his work. We must work now because it will be night soon. Then nobody can work. 5While I am still here in the world, I am the world's light.’
6When Jesus had finished speaking, he spat on the ground. He mixed it with dirt on the ground so that he made mud. Then he put some of the mud on the eyes of the blind man. 7Jesus said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Siloam pool.’ (The name Siloam means ‘Sent’.) So the man went there and he washed himself. When he returned, now he could see.
8People began to talk about him. Some of these people lived near him. Others had seen him when he was asking for money. They said, ‘This is the man who sat here. He asked people to give him money. Isn't that right?’ 9Some people said, ‘Yes, it is him.’ But other people said, ‘No, it is someone who seems to be like him.’ But the man himself said, ‘I am that man.’
10They asked him, ‘How did your eyes now become able to see?’ 11He answered, ‘The man called Jesus made some mud. He put the mud on my eyes. Then he sent me to wash in the Siloam pool. So I went there and I washed. Then I could see.’
12They asked him, ‘Where is this man?’ He replied, ‘I do not know.’
The Pharisees talk to the man who had been blind
13The people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. 14It was a Jewish day for rest when Jesus had done this. He had used mud to make the man's eyes able to see. 15So the Pharisees asked the man again, ‘How did you become able to see?’ The man replied, ‘Jesus put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I can see.’ #9:15 When water mixes with dirt from the ground, it makes mud.
16So some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man Jesus cannot have come from God. He does not obey the rules about our day for rest.’ But other Pharisees said, ‘Nobody who is bad could do great things like this!’ So they did not agree with each other. 17The Pharisees spoke again to the man who had been blind. They said to him, ‘What do you yourself say about this man? It was your eyes he has now made able to see.’ The man replied, ‘He is a prophet.’
18The Jewish leaders still did not believe that the man had really been blind. They did not want to believe that he had now become able to see. So, they told the man's parents to come to them. 19They asked the parents, ‘Is this your son? You say, “When he was born, he was blind.” But now he can see. How did this happen?’ 20The parents replied, ‘We know that this is our son. And when he was born, he was blind. We know that, too. 21But we do not know how he can see now. We do not know who made his eyes able to see. Ask him. He is old enough to answer you for himself!’ 22The man's parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders did not want anyone to say that Jesus was the Messiah. They would not let anyone like that belong to their meeting places. 23That is why the man's parents said, ‘Ask him. He is old enough.’
24So the leaders again spoke to the man who had been blind. They said to him, ‘In front of God, promise that you will speak only true things. We know that this man Jesus does not obey God.’ 25The man replied, ‘I do not know whether he obeys God or not. But I do know one thing: I was blind and now I can see.’ 26Then they asked him, ‘What did he do to you? How did he make your eyes able to see?’ 27He answered them, ‘I have told you already and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Maybe you want to become his disciples too!’ 28Then the leaders were very angry with him. They shouted at him, ‘No, it is you! You are that man's disciple. But we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God spoke to Moses. But who is this man? We do not even know where he comes from.’
30The man answered, ‘That is a very strange thing! You do not know where this man comes from. But he is the one who made my eyes able to see. 31We know that God does not listen to people who do not obey him. But he does listen to good people who do what he wants them to do. 32Nobody has ever made the eyes of a blind man able to see, if that man had been blind when he was born. Since the world began, nobody has ever done that! 33So, this man Jesus must have come from God. Unless he came from God, he could not do anything like that.’
34The Jewish leaders answered him, ‘You have never obeyed God, since the day that you were born. You cannot teach us anything!’ And they threw him out.
People who don't believe in God are like blind people
35Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had thrown the man out. So, he went and he found the man. Jesus asked him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ 36The man answered, ‘Sir, please tell me who he is. Then I can believe in him.’ 37Jesus said to him, ‘You have already seen him. It is me, and I am talking to you now.’ 38Then the man said, ‘Lord, now I believe.’ He bent down on his knees and he worshipped Jesus.
39Then Jesus said, ‘I came into this world to show what people are really like. Then people who know they are blind will be able to see. And people who think they can see will become blind.’ 40Some of the Pharisees who were there with him heard this. They asked Jesus, ‘Do you mean that we are also blind?’ 41Jesus said to them, ‘If you really were blind, God would not punish you for the wrong things you have done. But you say that you can see. So, you do wrong things with your eyes open. God will punish you for that.’