John 9-10 Darby’s Translation

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Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind

9 1  And as he passed on, he saw a man blind from birth. 2  And his disciples asked him, saying, Rabbi, who sinned, this [man] or his parents, that he should be born blind? 3  Jesus answered, Neither has this [man] sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be manifested in him. 4  I must work the works of him that has sent me while it is day. [The] 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 these things, he spat on the ground and made mud of the spittle, and put the mud, as ointment, on his eyes. 7  And he said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, which is interpreted, Sent. He went therefore and washed, and came seeing.

8  The neighbours therefore, and those who used to see him before, that he was a beggar, said, Is not this he that was sitting and begging? 9  Some said, It is he; others said, No, but he is like him: he said, It is I. 10  They said therefore to him, How have thine eyes been opened? 11  He answered [and said], A man called Jesus made mud and anointed mine eyes, and said to me, Go to Siloam and wash: and having gone and washed, I saw. 12  They said therefore to him, Where is he? He says, I do not know.

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13  They bring him who was before blind to the Pharisees. 14  Now it was sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15  The Pharisees therefore also again asked him how he received his sight. And he said to them, He put mud upon mine eyes, and I washed, and I see. 16  Some of the Pharisees therefore said, This man is not of God, for he does not keep the sabbath. Others said, How can a sinful man perform such signs? And there was a division among them. 17  They say therefore again to the blind [man], What dost thou say of him, that he has opened thine eyes? And he said, He is a prophet. 18  The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him that he was blind and had received sight, until they had called the parents of him that had received sight. 19  And they asked them saying, This is your son, of whom ye say that he was born blind: how then does 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 how he now sees we do not know, or who has opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age: ask him; he will speak concerning himself. 22  His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one confessed him [to be the] Christ, he should be excommunicated from the synagogue. 23  On this account his parents said, He is of age: ask him. 24  They called therefore a second time the man who had been blind, and said to him, Give glory to God: we know that this man is sinful. 25  He answered therefore, If he is sinful I know not. One thing I know, that, being blind [before], now I see. 26  And they said to him again, What did he do to thee? how opened he thine eyes? 27  He answered them, I told you already and ye did not hear: why do ye desire to hear again? do ye also wish to become his disciples? 28  They railed at him, and said, Thou art his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29  We know that God spoke to Moses; but [as to] this [man], we know not whence he is. 30  The man answered and said to them, Now in this is a wonderful thing, that ye do not know whence he is, and he has opened mine eyes. 31  [But] we know that God does not hear sinners; but if any one be God-fearing and do his will, him he hears. 32  Since time was, it has not been heard that any one opened the eyes of one born blind. 33  If this [man] were not of God he would be able to do nothing. 34  They answered and said to him, Thou hast been wholly born in sins, and thou teachest us? And they cast him out.

Spiritual Blindness

35  Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, he said to him, Thou, dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36  He answered and said, And who is he, Lord, that I may believe on him? 37  And Jesus said to him, Thou hast both seen him, and he that speaks with thee is he. 38  And he said, I believe, Lord: and he did him homage.

39  And Jesus said, For judgment am I come into this world, that they which see not may see, and they which see may become blind. 40  And [some] of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and they said to him, Are we blind also? 41  Jesus said to them, If ye were blind ye would not have sin; but now ye say, We see, your sin remains.

The Parable of the Sheepfold

10 1  Verily, verily, I say to you, He that enters not in by the door to the fold of the sheep, but mounts up elsewhere, he is a thief and a robber; 2  but he that enters in by the door is [the] shepherd of the sheep. 3  To him the porter opens; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4  When he has put forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice. 5  But they will not follow a stranger, but will flee from him, because they know not the voice of strangers. 6  This allegory spoke Jesus to them, but they did not know what it was [of] which he spoke to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7  Jesus therefore said again to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8  All whoever came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. 9  I am the door: if any one enter in by me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and shall find pasture. 10  The thief comes not but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I am come that they might have life, and might have [it] abundantly. 11  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep: 12  but he who serves for wages, and who is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf seizes them and scatters the sheep. 13  Now he who serves for wages flees because he serves for wages, and is not himself concerned about the sheep. 14  I am the good shepherd; and I know those that are mine, and am known of those that are mine, 15  as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16  And I have other sheep which are not of this fold: those also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one flock, one shepherd. 17  On this account the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it again. 18  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have authority to lay it down and I have authority to take it again. I have received this commandment of my Father.

19  There was a division again among the Jews on account of these words; 20  but many of them said, He has a demon and raves; why do ye hear him? 21  Others said, These sayings are not [those] of one that is possessed by a demon. Can a demon open blind people's eyes?

Jesus Rejected by the Jews

22  Now the feast of the dedication was celebrating at Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23  And Jesus walked in the temple in the porch of Solomon. 24  The Jews therefore surrounded him, and said to him, Until when dost thou hold our soul in suspense? If thou art the Christ, say [so] to us openly. 25  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye do not believe. The works which I do in my Father's name, these bear witness concerning me: 26  but ye do not believe, for ye are not of my sheep, as I told you. 27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28  and I give them life eternal; and they shall never perish, and no one shall seize them out of my hand. 29  My Father who has given [them] to me is greater than all, and no one can seize out of the hand of my Father. 30  I and the Father are one. 31  The Jews therefore again took stones that they might stone him. 32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewn you of my Father; for which work of them do ye stone me? 33  The Jews answered him, For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy, and because thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35  If he called them gods to whom the word of God came (and the scripture cannot be broken), 36  do ye say of him whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest, because I said, I am Son of God? 37  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not; 38  but if I do, even if ye believe not me, believe the works, that ye may know [and believe] that the Father is in me and I in him.

39  They sought therefore again to take him; and he went away from out of their hand 40  and departed again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptising at the first: and he abode there. 41  And many came to him, and said, John did no sign; but all things which John said of this [man] were true. 42  And many believed on him there.

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