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John 9:1-41

9  And as he passed along he saw a man blind from birth. 2  And his disciples asked him “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?” 3  Jesus answered “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but it was in order that God’s doings might be disclosed in him. 4  We must do the work of the one who sent me while it is day; there is coming a night when nobody can work. 5  When I am in the world I am the light of the world.” 6  Saying this, he spat on the ground and made mud out of the spit, and put the mud on his eyes, 7  and said to him “Go wash your face in the pool of Siloam” (the translation of which is “Sent”). So he went and washed his face, and came back able to see. 8  So the neighbors and those who had formerly seen him to be a beggar said “Is not this the one that was sitting and begging?” 9  Some said “This is the one”; others said “No, but he is like him.” He said “I am the one.” 10  So they said to him “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11  He answered “The man known as Jesus made mud and rubbed it on my eyes and told me ‘go to Siloam and wash your face’; so I went and washed my face and had my eyesight back.” 12  And they said to him “Where is he?” He said “I do not know.” 13  So they brought him (the once blind man) to the Pharisees. 14  And the day on which Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was sabbath. 15  So the Pharisees too asked him again how he recovered his sight. And he said to them “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed my face, and can see.” 16  So some of the Pharisees said “This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath”; others said “How can a sinful man do such tokens?” and there was a split among them. 17  So they said to the blind man again “What do you say about him because he opened your eyes?” And he said “That he is a prophet.” 18  So the Jews did not believe about him that he had been blind and had recovered his sight until they had called his parents, the cured man’s, 19  and asked them “This is your son, who you say was born blind; then how is it he can see now?” 20  So his parents replied “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind; 21  but how it is he can see now we do not know, or who opened his eyes; we do not know, ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” 22  This his parents said because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anybody acknowledged him as Messiah he should be excommunicated. 23  This was why his parents said “he is of age, he will speak for himself.” 24  So they called in for the second time the man who had been blind, and said to him “Give glory to God; we know that this man is sinful.” 25  So he answered “Whether he is sinful I do not know; one thing I do know, that I was blind and now can see.” 26  So they said to him “What did he do to you? how did he open your eyes?” 27  He answered “I told you already and you did not hear; what do you want to hear again for? do you too want to become disciples of him?” 28  And they abused him and said “You are a disciple of him, but we are disciples of Moses. 29  We know God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man we do not know where he comes from.” 30*  The man replied “Now that is just what is remarkable, that you do not know where he comes from and he opened my eyes. 31  We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if one is religious and does his will, him he does listen to. 32  Since the beginning of time it was never heard that anybody had opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33  If this man were not from God he could not do anything.” 34  They replied “You were born all in sins, and are you teaching us?” and turned him out. 35  Jesus heard that they had turned him out, and found him and said to him “You believe on the Son of Man?” 36  He replied “And who is he, sir? so that I may believe in him.” 37  Jesus said to him “You have seen him, yes, and he is the one that is speaking with you.” 38  And he said “I believe, sir,” and did reverence to him. 39  And Jesus said “It was for a judgment I came into this world: that those who cannot see may see and those who can may become blind.” 40  Some of the Pharisees, those who were with him, heard this and said to him “Are we blind too?” 41  Jesus said to them “If you were blind you would not have any sin; but now you say ‘We can see’—your sin stands.


9:30 Lit. replied “For in this is the wonderful thing,