John 9:1-10:21 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind

9 1  And when he went on his way, he saw a man blind from birth. 2  And his disciples put a question to him, saying, Master, was it because of this man's sin, or the sin of his father and mother, that he has been blind from birth? 3  Jesus said in answer, It was not because of his sin, or because of his father's or mother's; it was so that the works of God might be seen openly in him. 4  While it is day we have to do the works of him who sent me: the night comes when no work may be done. 5  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6  Having said these words, he put earth, mixed with water from his mouth, on the man's eyes, 7  And said to him, Go and make yourself clean in the bath of Siloam (the sense of the name is, Sent). So he went away and, after washing, came back able to see.

8  Then the neighbours and others who had seen him before in the street, with his hand out for money, said, Is not this the man who got money from people? 9  Some said, It is he: others said, No, but he is like him. He said, I am he. 10  So they said to him, How then were your eyes made open? 11  His answer was: The man who is named Jesus put earth mixed with water on my eyes, and said to me, Go and make yourself clean in Siloam: so I went away and, after washing, am now able to see. 12  And they said to him, Where is he? His answer was: I have no knowledge.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13  They took him before the Pharisees—this man who had been blind. 14  Now the day on which the earth was mixed by Jesus and the man's eyes were made open was the Sabbath. 15  So the Pharisees put more questions to him about how his eyes had been made open. And he said to them, He put earth on my eyes, and I had a wash and am able to see. 16  Then some of the Pharisees said, That man has not come from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath. Others said, How is it possible for a sinner to do such signs? So there was a division among them. 17  Again they said to the blind man, What have you to say about him for opening your eyes? And he said, He is a prophet. 18  Now the Jews had no belief in the statement that he had been blind and was now able to see, till they sent for the father and mother of the man whose eyes had been made open, 19  And put the question to them, saying, Is this your son, of whom you say that he was blind at birth? how is it then that he is now able to see? 20  In answer his father and mother said, We are certain that this is our son and that he was blind at birth: 21  But how it is he is now able to see, or who made his eyes open, we are not able to say: put the question to him; he is old enough to give an answer for himself. 22  They said this because of their fear of the Jews: for the Jews had come to an agreement that if any man said that Jesus was the Christ he would be put out of the Synagogue. 23  That was the reason why they said, He is old enough; put the question to him. 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.

The Parable of the Sheepfold

10 1  Truly I say to you, He who does not go through the door into the place where the sheep are kept, but gets in by some other way, is a thief and an outlaw. 2  He who goes in by the door is the keeper of the sheep. 3  The porter lets him in; and the sheep give ear to his voice; he says over the names of the sheep, and takes them out. 4  When he has got them all out, he goes before them, and the sheep go after him, for they have knowledge of his voice. 5  They will not go after another who is not their keeper, but will go from him in flight, because his voice is strange to them. 6  In this Jesus was teaching them in the form of a story: but what he said was not clear to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7  So Jesus said again, Truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8  All who came before me are thieves and outlaws: but the sheep did not give ear to them. 9  I am the door: if any man goes in through me he will have salvation, and will go in and go out, and will get food. 10  The thief comes only to take the sheep and to put them to death: he comes for their destruction: I have come so that they may have life and have it in greater measure. 11  I am the good keeper of sheep: the good keeper gives his life for the sheep. 12  He who is a servant, and not the keeper or the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming and goes in flight, away from the sheep; and the wolf comes down on them and sends them in all directions: 13  Because he is a servant he has no interest in the sheep. 14  I am the good keeper; I have knowledge of my sheep, and they have knowledge of me, 15  Even as the Father has knowledge of me and I of the Father; and I am giving my life for the sheep. 16  And I have other sheep which are not of this field: I will be their guide in the same way, and they will give ear to my voice, so there will be one flock and one keeper. 17  For this reason am I loved by the Father, because I give up my life so that I may take it again. 18  No one takes it away from me; I give it up of myself. I have power to give it up, and I have power to take it again. These orders I have from my Father.

19  There was a division again among the Jews because of these words. 20  And a number of them said, He has an evil spirit and is out of his mind; why do you give ear to him? 21  Others said, These are not the words of one who has an evil spirit. Is it possible for an evil spirit to make blind people see?


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