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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

John 9

Verse 3

Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; that is, as the cause of his blindness.

Verse 4

While it is day; while I have opportunity. This seems to be mentioned as a reason why he should not postpone relieving the blind man on account of its being the Sabbath. (John 9:14.)

John 9:6,7. We are left entirely uninformed in respect to the object and design of these measures. We observe, however, that, by thus doing something himself which might be considered as work, and requiring some action on the part of the patient, he came more directly into collision with the superstitious punctiliousness of the Pharisees, in respect to the observance of the Sabbath day.--Siloam, a fountain and basin of water in Jerusalem, very highly esteemed.

Verse 16

A sinner; an impostor.

Verse 22

Be put out of the synagogue; by a sort of excommunication.

Verse 23

Thus referring them to their son, in order to avoid the responsibility of expressing an opinion themselves.

Verse 24

Give God the praise; that is, fear God, and confess that this is an imposture. See Joshua 7:19, for a similar expression.

Verse 27

Did not hear; did not regard it.

Verse 30

That ye know; not profess or pretend not to know.

Verse 33

Of God; from God.

Verse 34

Born in sins; born marked with visible tokens, as they supposed, of the divine displeasure.

Verse 36

Who is he, Lord? perhaps not knowing that Jesus was the one who had restored him; for, as he hid not seen him before, he could not now have recognized him, but by his voice.

Verse 39

Which see not; which: think they see not; that is, are aware of their blindness and ignorance.--They which see; think they see.--Made blind; convinced of their ignorance, and made humble and lowly-minded.

Verse 41

If ye were blind; conscious of your blindness and ignorance.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on John 9". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.