John 9

1While Jesus was walking, he saw a blind man. This man had been blind since the time he was born. 2Jesus’ followers asked him, “Teacher, this man was born blind. But whose sin made him be born blind? His own sin, or his parents’ sin?” 3Jesus answered, “It is not this man’s sin or his parents’ sin that made him be blind. This man was born blind so that God could use him to show what great things God can do. 4While it is daytime, we must continue doing the work of the One that sent me. The night is coming. And no person can work at night. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6After Jesus said this, Jesus spit on the dirt and made some mud with it. Jesus put the mud on the man’s eyes. 7Jesus told the man, “Go and wash in the pool Siloam.” (Siloam means “Sent.”) So the man went to the pool. He washed and came back. Now he was able to see. 8Some people had seen this man begging before. These people and the man’s neighbors said, “Look! Is this the same man that always sits and begs?” 9Some people said, “Yes! He is the one.” But other people said, “No, he is not the same man. He only looks like him.” So the man himself said, “I am the man ˻that was blind before˼.” 10The people asked, “What happened? How did you get your sight?” 11The man answered, “The man that people call Jesus made some mud. He put the mud on my eyes. Then Jesus told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went to Siloam and washed. And then I could see.” 12The people asked the man, “Where is this man ˻(Jesus)˼?” The man answered, “I don’t know.” 13Then the people brought the man to the Pharisees. This was the man that had been blind. 14Jesus had made mud and healed the man’s eyes. The day Jesus did this was a Sabbath day. 15So now the Pharisees asked the man, “How did you get your sight?” The man answered, “He put mud on my eyes. I washed, and now I can see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man ˻(Jesus)˼ does not obey the law about the Sabbath day. So he is not from God.” Other men said, “But a person that is a sinner cannot do miracles like these.” These Jews could not agree with each other. 17The Jewish leaders asked the man again, “This man ˻(Jesus)˼ healed you, and you can see. What do you say about him?” The man answered, “He is a prophet.” 18The Jews still did not believe that this really happened to the man. They did not believe that this man was blind and was now healed. But later they sent for the man’s parents. 19They asked his parents, “Is this your son? You say that he was born blind. So why can he see now?” 20The parents answered, “We know that this man is our son. And we know that he was born blind. 21But we don’t know why he can see now. We don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to answer for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders had already decided that they would punish any person that said Jesus was the Christ. They would put those people out of the synagogue. 23That is why his parents said, “He is old enough. Ask him.” 24So the Jewish leaders called the man that had been blind. They told the man to come in again. They said, “You should give God the glory ˻by telling the truth˼. We know that this man ˻(Jesus)˼ is a sinner.” 25The man answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner. But I do know this: I was blind, and now I can see.” 26The Jewish leaders asked, “What did he ˻(Jesus)˼ do to you? How did he heal your eyes?” 27The man answered, “I have already told you that. But you would not listen to me. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his followers too?” 28The Jewish leaders ˻became angry and˼ said some very bad things to the man. Then they said, “You are a follower of that man ˻(Jesus)˼. We are followers of Moses. 29We know that God spoke to Moses. But we don’t even know where this man ˻(Jesus)˼ comes from!” 30The man answered, “This is a very strange thing. You don’t know where Jesus comes from. But he healed my eyes. 31We all know that God does not listen to sinners. But God will listen to a person that worships and obeys him. 32This is the first time that any person ever healed a man that was born blind. 33This man ˻(Jesus)˼ must be from God. If he were not from God, he could not do anything ˻like this˼.” 34The Jewish leaders answered, “You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?” And the Jewish leaders forced the man to leave. 35Jesus heard that the Jewish leaders had forced the man to leave. Jesus found the man and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36The man asked, “Who is the Son of Man, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in him!” 37Jesus said to him, “You have already seen him. The Son of Man is the one talking with you now.” 38The man answered, “Yes, I believe, Lord!” Then the man bowed and worshiped Jesus. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world so that the world could be judged. I came so that blind people could see. And I came so that people who think they see will become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees were near Jesus. They heard Jesus say this. They asked, “What? Are you saying that we are blind too?” 41Jesus said, “If you were really blind ˻(without understanding)˼, you would not be guilty of sin. But you say that you see ˻(know what you are doing)˼. So you are guilty.”

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