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And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed ° the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
The man answered and said unto them, Why herein ° is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:3 nor his parents. Jesus here confirms the truth made so emphatic in Job. That is, physical infirmities or other human sufferings are not at all necessarily related to human sin. God has often allowed sufferings for reasons known only to Him, but always with good reason, as confirmed in Romans 8:28.

9:4 I must work. Jesus Christ, the Creator, has rested from His work of creation (Genesis 2:1-3). However, in His work of conservation (Hebrews 1:3) and redemption, He is still very active (also see John 5:17).

9:6 with the clay. This blind man had not asked for healing, as others had (e.g., Mark 10:46-52), and thus had not yet exhibited any kind of trust in Jesus. This is probably why Jesus used a process, rather than merely a word, to heal on this occasion. The man whose eyes had been anointed with the clay still had to exhibit faith by washing in the pool of Siloam before he could see.

9:7 pool of Siloam. This pool still exists in Jerusalem, receiving water through Hezekiah’s tunnel (II Kings 20:20) from the Gihon Spring. Its name is said, apparently providentially to refer to Messiah, “the One Sent.” Possibly it was named because of the miraculous deliverance of the city from the Assyrians during Hezekiah’s reign (II Kings 19:35).

9:7 and came seeing. This is the sixth miracle of creation to be selected and described by John to demonstrate Christ’s deity. See the note on the first such miracle (John 2:11; also John 20:30, 31).

9:22 put out of the synagogue. This was a threat of excommunication, not only from access to the religious activities in the synagogue, but also from Jewish business and social life in general.

9:30 a marvellous thing. This is marvelous sarcasm. These men professed to be teachers of the laws and works of God, yet knew nothing about the uniquely powerful teacher sent from God.

9:34 cast him out. That is, they put him out of the synagogue, the threat which had intimidated his parents.

9:38 Lord, I believe. Faith requires both a willing heart and knowledge concerning the object of faith. As soon as the blind man knew who Jesus claimed to be, he believed.

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