John 9
Jesus heals a blind man
1As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind from birth. 2Jesus’ disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned so that he was born blind, this man or his parents?"
3Jesus answered, "Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. 4While it’s daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. 7Jesus said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (this word means sent). So the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see.
Disagreement about the healing
8The man’s neighbors and those who used to see him when he was a beggar said, "Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?"
9Some said, "It is," and others said, "No, it’s someone who looks like him."
But the man said, "Yes, it’s me!"
10So they asked him, "How are you now able to see?"
11He answered, "The man they call Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes, and said, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and then I could see."
12They asked, "Where is this man?"
He replied, "I don’t know."
13Then they led the man who had been born blind to the Pharisees. 14Now Jesus made the mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes on a Sabbath day. 15So Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.
The man told them, "He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see."
16Some Pharisees said, "This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law." Others said, "How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?" So they were divided. 17Some of the Pharisees questioned the man who had been born blind again: "What do you have to say about him, since he healed your eyes?"
He replied, "He’s a prophet."
Conflict over the healing
18The Jewish leaders didn’t believe the man had been blind and received his sight until they called for his parents. 19The Jewish leaders asked them, "Is this your son? Are you saying he was born blind? How can he now see?"
20His parents answered, "We know he is our son. We know he was born blind. 21But we don’t know how he now sees, and we don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He’s old enough to speak for himself." 22His parents said this because they feared the Jewish authorities. This is because the Jewish authorities had already decided that whoever confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be expelled from the synagogue. 23That’s why his parents said, "He’s old enough. Ask him."
24Therefore, they called a second time for the man who had been born blind and said to him, "Give glory to God. We know this man is a sinner."
25The man answered, "I don’t know whether he’s a sinner. Here’s what I do know: I was blind and now I see."
26They questioned him: "What did he do to you? How did he heal your eyes?"
27He replied, "I already told you, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?"
28They insulted him: "You are his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don’t know where this man is from."
30The man answered, "This is incredible! You don’t know where he is from, yet he healed my eyes! 31We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners. God listens to anyone who is devout and does God’s will. 32No one has ever heard of a healing of the eyes of someone born blind. 33If this man wasn’t from God, he couldn’t do this."
34They responded, "You were born completely in sin! How is it that you dare to teach us?" Then they expelled him.
Jesus finds the man born blind
35Jesus heard they had expelled the man born blind. Finding him, Jesus said, "Do you believe in the Human One?"#Or Son of Man
36He answered, "Who is he, sir?#Or Lord I want to believe in him."
37Jesus said, "You have seen him. In fact, he is the one speaking with you."
38The man said, "Lord,#Or Sir I believe." And he worshipped Jesus.
Jesus teaches the Pharisees
39Jesus said, "I have come into the world to exercise judgment so that those who don’t see can see and those who see will become blind."
40Some Pharisees who were with him heard what he said and asked, "Surely we aren’t blind, are we?"
41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you wouldn’t have any sin, but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.
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