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John 9

 

 1 And (1) as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

 

(1) Sin is the beginning even of all bodily diseases, and yet doeth it not follow, that God alway respecteth their sins, whom he most sharply punisheth.

 

 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

 

 3 Jesus answered, (a) (*) Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents, but that the works of God should be shewed on him.

 

(a) Christ reasoneth here, as his disciples thought, which presuppose that there come no diseases but for sins only; whereupon he answereth that there was another cause of this man's blindness, and that was, that God his work might be seen.

(*) God doeth not always punish men for their sins.

 

 4  (2) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is (b) (*) day; the night cometh when no man can work.

 

(2) The works of Christ are as it were a light, which lighten the darkness of the world.
(b) By (day) is meant the light, that is, the lightsome, doctrine of the heavenly truth; and by (night) is meant the darkness which cometh by the obscurity of the same doctrine.

(*) When opportunity and the season serveth.

 

 5 As long as I am in the world, (*) I am the light of the world.

 

(*) John 1:9; John 8:12; John 12:35 .

 

 6  (3) As soon as he had thus spoken, (*) he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed the eyes of the blind with the clay,

 

(3) Christ healing the man born blind, by taking the sign of clay, and afterward the sign of the fountain of Siloam (which signifieth Sent) sheweth that as he at the beginning made man, so doeth he again restore both his body and soul; and yet so,  that he himself cometh first of his own accord to heal us.

(*) This was not for any virtue that was in the earth, in the spittle, or in the clay to make one see; but it only pleased him to use these signs and means.

 

 7 And said unto him, Go wash in the pool of Siloam (which is by interpretation, (*) Sent.) He went his way therefore and washed, and came again seeing.

 

(*) Hereby was prefigured the Messiah, who should be sent unto them.

 

 8  (4) Now the neighbors and they that had seen him before, when he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

 

(4) A true image of all men, who as they are nature blind, do neither themselves receive the light that is offered unto them, nor suffer it in other, and yet make a great ado amongst themselves.

 

 9 Some said, This is he, and others said, He is like him, but he himself said, I am he.

 

 10 Therefore they said unto him, How were thine eyes (c) opened?

 

(c) This is a Hebrew kind of speech, for they call a man's eyes shut, when they cannot receive any light; And therefore they are said to have their eyes opened, which of blind men are made to see.         

 

 11 He answered, and said, The man that is called Jesus, made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and received sight.

 

 12 Then they said unto him, Where is he? He said, I cannot tell.

 

 13  ∂ They brought to the Pharisees him that was once blind.

 

 14 And it was the Sabbath day, when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

 

 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him, how he had received sight. And he said unto them, He laid clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and do see.

 

 16  (5) Then said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner, do such miracles? And there was a dissension among them.

 

(5) Religion is not assaulted by any means more than by pretence of Religion, but the more it is pressed down, the more it riseth up.

 

 17 Then spake they unto the blind again, What sayest thou of him, because he hath opened thine eyes? And he said, He is a Prophet.

 

 18 Then the Jews did not believe him (that he had been blind, and received his sight) until they had called the parents of him that had received sight.

 

 19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, whom ye say was born blind? How doeth he now see then?

 

 20 His parents answered them, and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;

 

 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, (*) can we not tell; he is old enough, ask him; he shall answer for himself.

 

(*) They durst not speak the truth for fear they should be excommunicated.

 

 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had ordained already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be excommunicated out of the Synagogue.

 

 23 Therefore said his parents, He is old enough; ask him.

 

 24 Then again called they the man that had been blind, and said unto him, (d) (*) Give glory unto God; we know that this man is a (e) sinner.

 

(d) A solemn order, whereby men were constrained in old time to acknowledge their fault before God, as if they should say, Consider thou art before God, who knoweth the whole matter, and therefore see thou reverence his majesty, and do him this honor, rather to confess the whole matter openly, than to lie before him, Joshua 7:19; 1 Samuel 6:5 .

(*) That is, Consider that nothing is hid from God; therefore tell us the truth that God may be glorified thereby, 1 Samuel 6:5 .
(e) He is called a sinner in the Hebrew tongue, which is a wicked man, and maketh as it were an art of sins.

 

 25 Then he answered, and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, (*) I cannot tell; one thing I know, that I was blind, and now I see.

 

(*) He spake this in mockery.

 

 26  (*) Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? How opened he thine eyes?

 

(*) They thought either to drive him from the truth, or to make him swerve by their oft times examining him; which practice Satanís members ever do observe in examining the Christians.

 

 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye have not heard it; wherefore would ye hear it again? (*) Will ye also be his disciples?

 

(*) He derideth their willful malice and ignorance.

 

 28  (6) Then reviled they him, and said, Be thou his disciple, we be Mosesí disciples.

 

(6) Proud wickedness must needs at length break forth, which in vain lieth hid under a zeal of godliness.

 

 29 We know that God spake with Moses, but this man we know not from whence he is.

 

 30 The man answered, and said unto them, Doubtless, this is a marvelous thing, that ye (*) know not whence he is, and yet he hath opened my eyes.

 

(*) They doubted not of his country or parents, but of his office and authority.

 

 31 Now we know that God heareth not (*) sinners; but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him heareth he.

 

(*) Or, wicked men, contemners of God and such as delight in sin.

 

 32 Since the world began, was it not heard, that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind,

 

 33 If this man were not of God, he could have done nothing.

 

 34 They answered and said unto him, (f) Thou art altogether born in sins, and doest thou teach us? So they cast him out.

 

(f) Thou art naught even from the cradle, and as we used to say, there is nothing in thee but sin.

 

 35  (7) Jesus heard that they had (*) cast him out, and when he had found him, he said unto him, Doest thou believe in the Son of God?

 

(7) Most happy is their state, which are cast furthest out of the Church of the wicked (which proudly boast themselves of the name of the Church) that Christ may come never to them.

(*) Or, excommunicated him.

 

 36 He answered, and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in him?

 

 37 And Jesus said unto him, Both thou hast seen him, and he it is that talketh with thee.

 

 38 Then he said, Lord I believe, and (*) worshipped him.

 

(*) As all astonished he fell down and worshipped him.

 

 39  (8) And Jesus said, I am come unto (g) (♣) judgment into this world, that they (h) which see not, might see, and that they (*) which see, might be made blind.

 

(8) Christ doeth lighten all them by the preaching of the Gospel, which acknowledge their own darkness, but such as seem to themselves to see clearly enough, those he altogether blindeth; of which sort are they oftentimes, which have the highest place in the Church.
(g) With great power and authority, to do what is righteous and just; as if he said, These men take upon them to govern the people of God after their own lusts, as though they saw all things, and no man but they, but I will rule far otherwise than these men do, for whom they account for blind men, them will I lighten, and such as take themselves to be wisest, them will I drown in most gross darkness of ignorance.

(♣) Meaning, with rule and authority, to make the poor blind to see, and the proud seers blind.
(h) In these words (of seeing and not seeing) there is a secret taunting and cheek to the Pharisees, for they thought all men blind but themselves.

(*) John 3:17; John 12:47 .

 

 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him, heard these things, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

 

 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, (*) ye should not have sin; but now ye say, We see, therefore your sin remaineth.

 

(*) You should not be so much in fault.

 

 

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