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Chapter 9

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   1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

   2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man,
   or his parents, that he was born blind?

   3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but
   that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

   4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night
   cometh, when no man can work.

   5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

   6 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,

   7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by
   interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came

   8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he
   was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

   9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am

   10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

   11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and
   anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and
   wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

   12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

   13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

   14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his

   15 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.

   16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God,
   because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that
   is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

   17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he
   hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

   18 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.

   19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born
   blind? how then doth he now see?

   20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son,
   and that he was born blind:

   21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his
   eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

   22 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.

   23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

   24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him,
   Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

   25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one
   thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

   26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he
   thine eyes?

   27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear:
   wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

   28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are
   Moses' disciples.

   29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not
   from whence he is.

   30 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

   31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a
   worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

   32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes
   of one that was born blind.

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

   34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins,
   and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

   35 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?

   36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

   37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that
   talketh with thee.

   38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

   39 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.

   40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and
   said unto him, Are we blind also?

   41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but
   now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
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   Christ give sight to one born blind. (1-7) The account given by the
   blind man. (8-12) The Pharisees question the man that had been blind.
   (13-17) They ask concerning him. (18-23) They cast him out. (24-34)
   Christ's words to the man that had been blind. (35-38) He reproves the
   Pharisees. (39-41)1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or
   accident; here he cured one born blind. Thus he showed his power to
   help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the
   souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. This poor
   man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. And if we know or
   apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him.
   Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be
   looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the
   glory of God, and to manifest his works. Our life is our day, in which
   it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not
   waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is
   but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our
   opportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have an
   opportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will never do a
   good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many
   a good work for ever undone, #Ec 11:4|. Christ magnified his power, in
   making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely
   to make a seeing man blind. Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's
   methods; he uses means and instruments that men despise. Those that
   would be healed by Christ must be ruled by him. He came back from the
   pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. This represents the
   benefits in attending on ordinances of Christ's appointment; souls go
   weak, and come away strengthened; go doubting, and come away satisfied;
   go mourning, and come away rejoicing; go blind, and come away seeing.
   8-12 Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by
   grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in
   character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his
   grace to all who desire the same precious salvation. It is good to
   observe the way and method of God's works, and they will appear the
   more wonderful. Apply this spiritually. In the work of grace wrought
   upon the soul we see the change, but we see not the hand that makes it:
   the way of the Spirit is like that of the wind, which thou hearest the
   sound of, but canst not tell whence it comes, nor whither it goes.
   13-17 Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but in such a
   manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he would not seem to
   yield to the scribes and Pharisees. Their zeal for mere rites consumed
   the substantial matters of religion; therefore Christ would not give
   place to them. Also, works of necessity and mercy are allowed, and the
   sabbath rest is to be kept, in order to the sabbath work. How many
   blind eyes have been opened by the preaching of the gospel on the
   Lord's day! how many impotent souls cured on that day! Much unrighteous
   and uncharitable judging comes from men's adding their own fancies to
   God's appointments. How perfect in wisdom and holiness was our
   Redeemer, when his enemies could find nothing against him, but the
   oft-refuted charge of breaking the sabbath! May we be enabled, by
   well-doing, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
   18-23 The Pharisees vainly hoped to disprove this notable miracle. They
   expected a Messiah, but could not bear to think that this Jesus should
   be he, because his precepts were all contrary to their traditions, and
   because they expected a Messiah in outward pomp and splendour. The fear
   of man brings a snare, #Pr 29:25|, and often makes people deny and
   disown Christ and his truths and ways, and act against their
   consciences. The unlearned and poor, who are simple-hearted, readily
   draw proper inferences from the evidences of the light of the gospel;
   but those whose desires are another way, though ever learning, never
   come to the knowledge of the truth.
   24-34 As Christ's mercies are most valued by those who have felt the
   want of them, that have been blind, and now see; so the most powerful
   and lasting affections to Christ, arise from actual knowledge of him.
   In the work of grace in the soul, though we cannot tell when, and how,
   and by what steps the blessed change was wrought, yet we may take the
   comfort, if we can say, through grace, Whereas I was blind, now I see.
   I did live a worldly, sensual life, but, thanks be to God, it is now
   otherwise with me, #Eph 5:8|. The unbelief of those who enjoy the means
   of knowledge and conviction, is indeed marvellous. All who have felt
   the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder at the wilfulness of
   others who reject him. He argues strongly against them, not only that
   Jesus was not a sinner, but that he was of God. We may each of us know
   by this, whether we are of God or not. What do we? What do we for God?
   What do we for our souls? What do we more than others?
   35-38 Christ owns those who own him and his truth and ways. There is
   particular notice taken of such a suffer in the cause of Christ, and
   for the testimony of a good conscience. Our Lord Jesus graciously
   reveals himself to the man. Now he was made sensible what an
   unspeakable mercy it was, to be cured of his blindness, that he might
   see the Son of God. None but God is to be worshipped; so that in
   worshipping Jesus, he owned him to be God. All who believe in him, will
   worship him.
   39-41 Christ came into the world to give sight to those who were
   spiritually blind. Also, that those who see might be made blind; that
   those who have a high conceit of their own wisdom, might be sealed up
   in ignorance. The preaching of the cross was thought to be folly by
   such as by carnal wisdom knew not God. Nothing fortifies men's corrupt
   hearts against the convictions of the word, more than the high opinion
   which others have of them; as if all that gained applause with men,
   must obtain acceptance with God. Christ silenced them. But the sin of
   the self-conceited and self-confident remains; they reject the gospel
   of grace, therefore the guilt of their sin remains unpardoned, and the
   power of their sin remains unbroken.
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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