9 1AS HE passed along, He noticed a man blind from his birth. 2His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind? 3Jesus answered, It was not that this man or his parents sinned, but he was born blind in order that the workings of God should be manifested (displayed and illustrated) in him. 4We must work the works of Him Who sent Me and be busy with His business while it is daylight; night is coming on, when no man can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the world’s Light. 6When He had said this, He spat on the ground and made clay (mud) with His saliva, and He spread it [as ointment] on the man’s eyes. 7And He said to him, Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam--which means Sent. So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8When the neighbors and those who used to know him by sight as a beggar saw him, they said, Is not this the man who used to sit and beg? 9Some said, It is he. Others said, No, but he looks very much like him. But he said, Yes, I am the man. 10So they said to him, How were your eyes opened? 11He replied, The Man called Jesus made mud and smeared it on my eyes and said to me, Go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and I obtained my sight! 12They asked him, Where is He? He said, I do not know. 13Then they conducted to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was on the Sabbath day that Jesus mixed the mud and opened the man’s eyes. 15So now again the Pharisees asked him how he received his sight. And he said to them, He smeared mud on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see. 16Then some of the Pharisees said, This Man [Jesus] is not from God, because He does not observe the Sabbath. But others said, How can a man who is a sinner (a bad man) do such signs and miracles? So there was a difference of opinion among them. 17Accordingly they said to the blind man again, What do you say about Him, seeing that He opened your eyes? And he said, He is [He must be] a prophet! 18However, the Jews did not believe that he had [really] been blind and that he had received his sight until they called (summoned) the parents of the man. 19They asked them, Is this your son, whom you reported as having been born blind? How then does he see now? 20His parents answered, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind. 21But as to how he can now see, we do not know; or who has opened his eyes, we do not know. He is of age. Ask him; let him speak for himself and give his own account of it. 22His parents said this because they feared [the leaders of] the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should acknowledge Jesus to be the Christ, he should be expelled and excluded from the synagogue. 23On that account his parents said, He is of age; ask him. 24So the second time they summoned the man who had been born blind, and said to him, Now give God the glory (praise). This [N]Fellow we know is only a sinner (a wicked person). 25Then he answered, I do not know whether He is a sinner and wicked or not. But one thing I do know, that whereas I was blind before, now I see. 26So they said to him, What did He [actually] do to you? How did He open your eyes? 27He answered, I already told you and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Can it be that you wish to become His disciples also? 28And they stormed at him [they jeered, they sneered, they reviled him] and retorted, You are His disciple yourself, but we are the disciples of Moses. 29We know for certain that God spoke with Moses, but as for this Fellow, we know nothing about where He hails from. 30The man replied, Well, this is astonishing! Here a Man has opened my eyes, and yet you do not know where He comes from. [That is amazing!] 31We know that God does not listen to sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and a worshiper of Him and does His will, He listens to him. 32Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this Man were not from God, He would not be able to do anything like this. 34They retorted, You were wholly born in sin [from head to foot]; and do you [presume to] teach us? So they cast him out [threw him clear outside the synagogue]. 35Jesus heard that they had put him out, and meeting him He said, Do you believe in and adhere to the Son of Man [O]or the Son of God ? 36He answered, Who is He, Sir? Tell me, that I may believe in and adhere to Him. 37Jesus said to him, You have seen Him; [in fact] He is talking to you right now. 38He called out, Lord, I believe! [I rely on, I trust, I cleave to You!] And he worshiped Him. 39Then Jesus said, I came into this world for judgment [as a Separator, in order that there may be [P] separation between those who believe on Me and those who reject Me], to make the sightless see and to make those who see become blind. 40Some Pharisees who were near, hearing this remark, said to Him, Are we also blind? 41Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you would have no sin; but because you now claim to have sight, your sin remains. [If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but because you insist, We do see clearly, you are unable to escape your guilt.]
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