The Jews simply would not believe that the miracle had actually happened, and just like unbelievers do, they tried to discredit it.

BibleGateway: John 9:13-23

ESV Text: John 9:13-23

John 9:13–23 (Listen)

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 The Jews1 did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19 and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20 His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus2 to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) 23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Footnotes

[1] 9:18 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 22

[2] 9:22 Greek him

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:26 and ends at about 3:2

     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 eyes. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 430 (LSB 730):
What Is the World to Me

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. What is the world to me 
With all its vaunted pleasure 
When Thou, and Thou alone, 
Lord Jesus, art my Treasure! 
Thou only, dearest Lord, 
My soul’s Delight shalt be; 
Thou art my Peace, my Rest,- 
What is the world to me! 

2. The would is like a cloud 
And like a vapor fleeting, 
A shadow that declines, 
Swift to its end retreating. 
My Jesus doth abide, 
Though all things fade and flee; 
My everlasting Rock,- 
What is the world to me! 

3. The world seeks to be praised 
And honored by the mighty, 
Yet never once reflects 
That they are frail and flighty. 
But what I truly prize 
Above all things is He, 
My Jesus, He alone,- 
What is the world to me! 

4. The world seeks after wealth 
And all that Mammon offers, 
Yet never is content 
Though gold should fill its coffers. 
I have a higher good, 
Content with it I’ll be: 
My Jesus is my Wealth,- 
What is the world to me! 

5. The world is sorely grieved 
Whenever it is slighted 
Or when its hollow fame 
And honor have been blighted. 
Christ, Thy reproach I bear 
Long as it pleaseth Thee; 
I’m honored by my Lord,- 
What is the world to me! 

6. The world with wanton pride 
Exalts its sinful pleasures 
And for them foolishly 
Gives up the heavenly treasures. 
Let others love the world 
With all its vanity; 
I love the Lord, my God,- 
What is the world to me! 

7. The world abideth not; 
Lo, like a flash ’twill vanish; 
With all it gorgeous pomp 
Pale death it cannot banish; 
Its riches pass away, 
And all its joys must flee; 
But Jesus doth abide,- 
What is the world to me! 

8. What is the world to me! 
My Jesus is my Treasure, 
My Life, my Health, my Wealth, 
My Friend, my Love, my Pleasure, 
My Joy, my Crown, my All, 
My Bliss eternally. 
Once more, then, I declare: 
What is the world to me! 


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