As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, "Rabbi,1 who sinned,2 this man3 or his parents,4 that he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.5
As long as it is day,6 we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."7
Having said this, he spit8 on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes.
"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam"9 (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.10
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?"11
Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man."
"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded.
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
"Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said.
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.13
Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.14 "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see."
Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath."15 But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?"16 So they were divided.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 Jews19 still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents.
"Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?"
"We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind.
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."
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews,20 for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out21 of the synagogue.22
That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him."23