GOD'S WORD® Translation
1As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been born blind. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, why was this man born blind? Did he or his parents sin?" 3Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him. 4We must do what the one who sent me wants us to do while it is day. The night when no one can do anything is coming. 5As long as I'm in the world, I'm light for the world." 6After Jesus said this, he spit on the ground and mixed the spit with dirt. Then he smeared it on the man's eyes 7and told him, "Wash it off in the pool of Siloam." ([Siloam] means "sent.") The blind man washed it off and returned. He was able to see. 8His neighbors and those who had previously seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the man who used to sit and beg?" 9Some of them said, "He's the one." Others said, "No, he isn't, but he looks like him." But the man himself said, "I am the one." 10So they asked him, "How did you receive your sight?" 11He replied, "The man people call Jesus mixed some spit with dirt, smeared it on my eyes, and told me, 'Go to Siloam, and wash it off.' So I went there, washed it off, and received my sight." 12They asked him, "Where is that man?" The man answered, "I don't know."
13Some people brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees. 14The day when Jesus mixed the spit and dirt and gave the man sight was a day of worship. 15So the Pharisees asked the man again how he received his sight. The man told the Pharisees, "He put a mixture of spit and dirt on my eyes. I washed it off, and now I can see." 16Some of the Pharisees said, "The man who did this is not from God because he doesn't follow the traditions for the day of worship." Other Pharisees asked, "How can a man who is a sinner perform miracles like these?" So the Pharisees were divided in their opinions. 17They asked the man who had been born blind another question: "What do you say about the man who gave you sight?" The man answered, "He's a prophet."
18Until they talked to the man's parents, the Jews didn't believe that the man had been blind and had been given sight. 19They asked his parents, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? Why can he see now?" 20His parents replied, "We know that he's our son and that he was born blind. 21But we don't know how he got his sight or who gave it to him. You'll have to ask him. He's old enough to answer for himself." 22(His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. The Jews had already agreed to put anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ out of the synagogue. 23That's why his parents said, "You'll have to ask him. He's old enough.")
24So once again the Jews called the man who had been blind. They told him, "Give glory to God. We know that this man who gave you sight is a sinner." 25The man responded, "I don't know if he's a sinner or not. But I do know one thing. I used to be blind, but now I can see." 26The Jews asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he give you sight?" 27The man replied, "I've already told you, but you didn't listen. Why do you want to hear the story again? Do you want to become his disciples too?" 28The Jews yelled at him, "You're his disciple, but we're Moses' disciples. 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don't know where this man came from." 30The man replied to them, "That's amazing! You don't know where he's from. Yet, he gave me sight. 31We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants. 32Since the beginning of time, no one has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he couldn't do anything like that." 34The Jews answered him, "You were born full of sin. Do you think you can teach us?" Then they threw him out [of the synagogue].
35Jesus heard that the Jews had thrown the man out [of the synagogue]. So when Jesus found the man, he asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36The man replied, "Sir, tell me who he is so that I can believe in him." 37Jesus told him, "You've seen him. He is the person who is now talking with you." 38The man bowed in front of Jesus and said, "I believe, Lord." 39Then Jesus said, "I have come into this world to judge: Blind people will be given sight, and those who can see will become blind." 40Some Pharisees who were with Jesus heard this. So they asked him, "Do you think we're blind?" 41Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you wouldn't be sinners. But now you say, 'We see,' so you continue to be sinners.
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