John 9:8

8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”

Read John 9:8 Using Other Translations

The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?"
His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?”

What does John 9:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
John 9:8

The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen
him
For it seems the blind man was not a stranger, one that came out of the country to the city to beg; but a native of Jerusalem, that had long lived in a certain neighbourhood in it, and was well known to be what he was;

that he was blind;
the Alexandrian copy, and one of Beza's exemplars, and the Vulgate Latin version read, "that he was a beggar"; to which agree the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions: wherefore they

said, is this not he that sat and begged?
they particularly remark his begging posture; he was not laid all along, as the lame man in ( Acts 3:2 ) ; nor did he go from door to door, as others were used to do, but he sat in some certain place, as blind men generally did; see ( Matthew 20:30 ) .

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