John 9:24-41 Bible in Basic English

24  So they sent a second time for the man who had been blind and they said to him, Give glory to God: it is clear to us that this man is a sinner. 25  He said in answer, I have no knowledge if he is a sinner or not, but one thing I am certain about; I was blind, and now I see. 26  Then they said to him, What did he do to you? how did he give you the use of your eyes? 27  His answer was: I have said it before, but your ears were shut: why would you have me say it again? is it your desire to become his disciples? 28  And they were angry with him and said, You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29  We are certain that God gave his word to Moses: but as for this man, we have no knowledge where he comes from. 30  The man said in answer, Why, here is a strange thing! You have no knowledge where he comes from though he gave me the use of my eyes. 31  We have knowledge that God does not give ear to sinners, but if any man is a worshipper of God and does his pleasure, to him God's ears are open. 32  In all the years nobody has ever before seen the eyes of a man blind from birth made open. 33  If this man did not come from God he would be unable to do anything. 34  Their answer was: You came to birth through sin; do you make yourself our teacher? And they put him out of the Synagogue.

Spiritual Blindness

35  It came to the ears of Jesus that they had put him out, and meeting him he said, Have you faith in the Son of man? 36  He said in answer, And who is he, Lord? Say, so that I may have faith in him. 37  Jesus said to him, You have seen him; it is he who is talking to you. 38  And he said, Lord, I have faith. And he gave him worship.

39  And Jesus said, I came into this world to be a judge, so that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind. 40  These words came to the ears of the Pharisees who were with him and they said to him, Are we, then, blind? 41  Jesus said to them, If you were blind you would have no sin: but now that you say, We see; your sin is there still.

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