John 9:1-23 New American Standard Bible

Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind

9 1  As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth . 2  And His disciples asked Him, " Rabbi , who sinned , this man or his parents , that he would be born blind ?" 3  Jesus answered , "It was neither that this man sinned , nor his parents ; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4  "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day ; night is coming when no one can work . 5  "While I am in the world , I am the Light of the world ." 6  When He had said this , He spat on the ground , and made clay of the spittle , and applied the clay to his eyes , 7  and said to him, "Go , wash in the pool of Siloam " (which is translated , Sent ). So he went away and washed , and came back seeing .

8  Therefore the neighbors , and those who previously saw him as a beggar , were saying , "Is not this the one who used to sit and beg ?" 9  Others were saying , "This is he," still others were saying , "No , but he is like him." He kept saying , "I am the one." 10  So they were saying to him, "How then were your eyes opened ?" 11  He answered , "The man who is called Jesus made clay , and anointed my eyes , and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash '; so I went away and washed , and I received sight ." 12  They said to him, "Where is He?" He said , "I do not know ."

The Pharisees Investigate the Healing

13  They brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind . 14  Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes . 15  Then the Pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight . And he said to them, "He applied clay to my eyes , and I washed , and I see ." 16  Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying , "This man is not from God , because He does not keep the Sabbath ." But others were saying , "How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs ?" And there was a division among them. 17  So they said to the blind man again , "What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes ?" And he said , "He is a prophet ." 18  The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight , until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight , 19  and questioned them, saying , "Is this your son , who you say was born blind ? Then how 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 opened his eyes , we do not know . Ask him; he is of age , he will speak for himself ." 22  His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews ; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ , he was to be put out of the synagogue . 23  For this reason his parents said , " He is of age ; ask him."

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