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The Gospel according to Saint John, chapter 9, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 9

New English Translation


   Healing a Man Born Blind
   1 Now as Jesus was passing by, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man or his parents?" 3 Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him. 4 We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." 6 Having said this, he spat on the ground and made some mud with the saliva. He smeared the mud on the blind man's eyes 7 and said to him, "Go wash in the pool of Siloam" (which is translated "sent"). So the blind man went away and washed, and came back seeing.
   8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously as a beggar began saying, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" 9 Some people said, "This is the man!" while others said, "No, but he looks like him." The man himself kept insisting, "I am the one!" 10 So they asked him, "How then were you made to see?" 11 He replied, "The man called Jesus made mud, smeared it on my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and was able to see." 12 They said to him, "Where is that man?" He replied, "I don't know."
   The Pharisees' Reaction to the Healing
   13 They brought the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees. 14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath. ) 15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. He replied, "He put mud on my eyes and I washed, and now I am able to see."
   16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, "This man is not from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a man who is a sinner perform such miraculous signs?" Thus there was a division among them. 17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, "What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?" "He is a prophet, " the man replied.
   18 Now the Jewish religious leaders refused to believe that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned the parents of the man who had become able to see. 19 They asked the parents, "Is this your son, whom you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?" 20 So his parents replied, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. Ask him, he is a mature adult. He will speak for himself." 22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23 For this reason his parents said, "He is a mature adult, ask him.")
   24 Then they summoned the man who used to be blind a second time and said to him, "Promise before God to tell the truth. We know that this man is a sinner." 25 He replied, "I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing - that although I was blind, now I can see." 26 Then they said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?" 27 He answered, "I told you already and you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You people don't want to become his disciples too, do you?"
   28 They heaped insults on him, saying, "You are his disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man comes from!" 30 The man replied, "This is a remarkable thing, that you don't know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 31 We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 They replied, "You were born completely in sinfulness, and yet you presume to teach us?" So they threw him out.
   The Man's Response to Jesus
   35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36 The man replied, "And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?" 37 Jesus told him, "You have seen him; he is the one speaking with you." [9:38 He said, "LORD, I believe, " and he worshiped him. 39 Jesus said, ] "For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind."
   40 Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, "We are not blind too, are we?" 41 Jesus replied, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains."

King James Version


   1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
   2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
   3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
   4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can 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 anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
   7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
   8 ¶ The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
   9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
   10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
   11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
   12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
   13 ¶ They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
   14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
   15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
   16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
   17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
   18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
   19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say 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 by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
   22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
   23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
   24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
   25 He answered and said, Whether 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 to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
   27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
   28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
   29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
   30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
   31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
   32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
   33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
   34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
   35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou 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 unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
   38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped 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 be made blind.
   40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
   41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
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