John 5:6

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

John 5:6 in Other Translations

KJV
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him,Wilt thou be made whole?
ESV
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?"
NLT
6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
MSG
6 When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, "Do you want to get well?"
CSB
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to get well?"

John 5:6 Meaning and Commentary

John 5:6

When Jesus saw him lie
In such a helpless condition:

and knew that he had been now a long time, [in that case],
or "in his disease", as the Ethiopic version supplies; even seven years before Christ was born; which is a proof of his omniscience: the words may be literally rendered, as they are in the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions, "that he had had much time"; or as the Arabic version, "that he had had many years"; that is had lived many years, and was now an old man; he had his disorder eight and thirty years, and which seems from ( John 5:14 ) to have arisen from some sin of his, from a vicious course of living, perhaps intemperance; so that he might be a middle aged man, when this distemper first seized him, and therefore must be now stricken in years:

he saith unto him, wilt thou be made whole?
which question is put, not as if it was a doubt, whether he was desirous of it, or not; for to what purpose did he lie and wait there else? but partly to raise in the man an expectation of a cure, and attention in the people to it: and it may be his sense and meaning is, wilt thou be made whole on this day, which was the sabbath; or hast thou faith that thou shall be made whole in this way, or by me?

John 5:6 In-Context

5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”