John 9:31

31 We know that 1God does not listen to sinners, but 2if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

John 9:31 Meaning and Commentary

John 9:31

Now we know that God heareth not sinners
All mankind are sinners, even God's elect; yea, such who are truly gracious and righteous persons; for there is no man without sin; and God hears such who cry unto him day and night; such Christ came to save; for such he died; and these he calls to repentance; and every penitent sinner God hears: but by "sinners" are meant notorious sinners, such in whom sin reigns, who live in sin, and particularly impostors. The man takes up the word the Jews had made use of, and applied to Christ, ( John 9:24 ) , and suggests, that had Jesus been a sinner, that is, an impostor, God would not have heard him, or have assisted him in doing a miracle, to support an imposture, or cover and encourage a fraud; but that he was heard and assisted, was a plain case: whereas not only they, the learned doctors of the nation, but such an illiterate man as himself knew, that notoriously wicked men, cheats, and deceivers, were not heard of God; and this was known from the Scripture, and all experience; see ( Psalms 66:18 ) ( Isaiah 1:15 ) . The Persic and Ethiopic versions read, "I know, that God"

but if any man be a worshipper of God;
fears the Lord, and worships him in spirit and in truth, both with internal and external worship:

and doth his will;
for it is not everyone that Lord, or draws nigh to God with his mouth, and honours him with his lips, that is a true and sincere worshipper of him; but he that does his will in faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to his glory: and

him he heareth;
for he is nigh to all that call upon him in truth; and such an one the man intimates Jesus must be, since it was out of all dispute that God had heard him, and had bore a testimony to him.

John 9:31 In-Context

29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from."
30 The man answered, "Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.
32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 27:9; Psalms 66:18; Proverbs 28:9
  • 2. Psalms 34:15, 16; Psalms 145:19; Proverbs 15:20; [James 5:16]
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