Since the world began (ek tou aiwno). Literally, "from the age," "from of old." Elsewhere in the N.T. we have apo tou aiwno or ap aiwno ( Luke 1:70 ; Acts 3:21 ; Acts 15:18 ) as is common in the LXX. Of a man born blind (tuplou gegennhmenou). Perfect passive participle of gennaw. This is the chief point and the man will not let it be overlooked, almost rubs it in, in fact. It was congenital blindness.