John 9:33

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

John 9:33 in Other Translations

KJV
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
ESV
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing."
NLT
33 If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.”
MSG
33 If this man didn't come from God, he wouldn't be able to do anything."
CSB
33 If this man were not from God, He wouldn't be able to do anything."

John 9:33 Meaning and Commentary

John 9:33

If this man were not of God
If he had not his mission, commission, and credentials from God; if he had not been sent by him, and had not authority from him, and was not assisted by him, as man, or God was not with him,

he could do nothing;
or "not do these things", as the Syriac version reads; that is, such miraculous works; or, as the Persic version, "he could not do this miracle": open the eyes of a man born blind. His doing this is a full proof that he is of God, and comes from him.

John 9:33 In-Context

31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.
32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
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 when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 16; John 3:2