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Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1While Jesus was walking, he saw a man who had been blind since the time he was born. 2Jesus’ followers asked him, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Whose sin made it happen? Was it his own sin or that of his parents?”
3Jesus answered, “It was not any sin of this man or his parents that caused him to be blind. He was born blind so that he could be used to show what great things God can do. 4While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the one who sent me. The night is coming, and no one can work at night. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6After Jesus said this, he spit on the dirt, made some mud and put it on the man’s eyes. 7Jesus told him, “Go and wash in Siloam pool.” (Siloam means “Sent.”) So the man went to the pool, washed and came back. He was now able to see.
8His neighbors and some others who had seen him begging said, “Look! Is this the same man who always sits and begs?”
9Some people said, “Yes! He is the one.” But others said, “No, he can’t be the same man. He only looks like him.”
So the man himself said, “I am that same man.”
10They asked, “What happened? How did you get your sight?”
11He answered, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. Then he told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went there and washed. And then I could see.”
12They asked him, “Where is this man?”
He answered, “I don’t know.”
Some Pharisees Have Questions
13Then the people brought the man to the Pharisees. 14The day Jesus had made mud and healed the man’s eyes was a Sabbath day. 15So the Pharisees asked the man, “How did you get your sight?”
He answered, “He put mud on my eyes. I washed, and now I can see.”
16Some of the Pharisees said, “That man does not obey the law about the Sabbath day. So he is not from God.”
Others said, “But someone who is a sinner cannot do these miraculous signs.” So they could not agree with each other.
17They asked the man again, “Since it was your eyes he healed, what do you say about him?”
He answered, “He is a prophet.”
18The Jewish leaders still did not believe that this really happened to the man—that he was blind and was now healed. But later they sent for his parents. 19They asked them, “Is this your son? You say he was born blind. So how can he see?”
20His parents answered, “We know that this man is our son. And we know that he was born blind. 21But we don’t know why he can see now. We don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to answer for himself.” 22They said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The leaders had already decided that they would punish anyone who said Jesus was the Messiah. They would stop them from coming to the synagogue. 23That is why his parents said, “He is old enough. Ask him.”
24So the Jewish leaders called the man who had been blind. They told him to come in again. They said, “You should honor God by telling the truth. We know that this man is a sinner.”
25The man answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. But I do know this: I was blind, and now I can see.”
26They asked, “What did he do to you? How did he heal your eyes?”
27He answered, “I have already told you that. But you would not listen to me. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to be his followers too?”
28At this they shouted insults at him and said, “You are his follower, not us! We are followers of Moses. 29We know that God spoke to Moses. But we don’t even know where this man comes from!”
30The man answered, “This is really strange! You don’t know where he comes from, but he healed my eyes. 31We all know that God does not listen to sinners, but he will listen to anyone who worships and obeys him. 32This is the first time we have ever heard of anyone healing the eyes of someone born blind. 33This man must be from God. If he were not from God, he could not do anything like this.”
34The Jewish leaders answered, “You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?” And they told the man to get out of the synagogue and to stay out.
Spiritual Blindness
35When Jesus heard that they had forced the man to leave, he found him and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36The man said, “Tell me who he is, sir, so I can believe in him.”
37Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now.”
38The man answered, “Yes, I believe, Lord!” Then he bowed and worshiped Jesus.
39Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that people who are blind#9:39 people who are blind Jesus is talking about people who are spiritually blind (without understanding), not physically blind. could see. And I came so that people who think they see would become blind.”
40Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard him say this. They asked, “What? Are you saying that we are blind too?”
41Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see, so you are still guilty.”
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