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1 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked, "Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?" 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
3 Jesus said, "You're asking the wrong question. You're looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
4 We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
5 For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world's Light." 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
6 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man's eyes, 6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.
7 and said, "Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam" (Siloam means "Sent"). The man went and washed - and saw. 7 "Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8 Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, "Why, isn't this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?" 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?"
9 Others said, "It's him all right!" But others objected, "It's not the same man at all. It just looks like him." He said, "It's me, the very one." 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
10 They said, "How did your eyes get opened?" 10 "How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
11 "A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' I did what he said. When I washed, I saw." 11 He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see."
12 "So where is he?" "I don't know." 12 "Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said.
13 They marched the man to the Pharisees. 13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
14 This day when Jesus made the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.
15 The Pharisees grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, "He put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see." 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."
16 Some of the Pharisees said, "Obviously, this man can't be from God. He doesn't keep the Sabbath." Others countered, "How can a bad man do miraculous, God-revealing things like this?" There was a split in their ranks. 16 Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided.
17 They came back at the blind man, "You're the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?" He said, "He is a prophet." 17 Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet."
18 The Jews didn't believe it, didn't believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight. 18 The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents.
19 They asked them, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?" 19 "Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
20 His parents said, "We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. 20 "We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind.
21 But we don't know how he came to see - haven't a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don't you ask him? He's a grown man and can speak for himself." 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself."
22 (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
23 That's why his parents said, "Ask him. He's a grown man.") 23 That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."
24 They called the man back a second time - the man who had been blind - and told him, "Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor." 24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God, " they said. "We know this man is a sinner."
25 He replied, "I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see." 25 He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"
26 They said, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 26 Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"
27 "I've told you over and over and you haven't listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?" 27 He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?"
28 With that they jumped all over him. "You might be a disciple of that man, but we're disciples of Moses. 28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!
29 We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from." 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
30 The man replied, "This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! 30 The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 It's well known that God isn't at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will.
32 That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of - ever. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to do anything." 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
34 They said, "You're nothing but dirt! How dare you take that tone with us!" Then they threw him out in the street. 34 To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found him. He asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
36 The man said, "Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him." 36 "Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him."
37 Jesus said, "You're looking right at him. Don't you recognize my voice?" 37 Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you."
38 "Master, I believe," the man said, and worshiped him. 38 Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him.
39 Jesus then said, "I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind." 39 Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
40 Some Pharisees overheard him and said, "Does that mean you're calling us blind?" 40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"
41 Jesus said, "If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you're accountable for every fault and failure. 41 Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.