Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:10

So they were saying to him, "How then were your eyes opened?"
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Converts;   Sabbath;   Siloam;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Siloam;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - John, gospel of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Siloam, Pool of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - John, the Gospel of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Beggar;   Error;   Sabbath ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Silence;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

They said therefore unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered, The man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to Siloam and wash: so I went away and washed, and I received my sight.

This exchange with the neighbors probably occurred after the man had seen his parents but still only a short while after his healing. His explanation was simple and direct. Jesus had commanded; he obeyed and received his sight.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 9:10". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/john-9.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Therefore said they unto him,.... When the case was clear, and it was out of question that he was the man:

how were thine eyes opened? or made to see: they might well ask this question, since such a thing was never known before, that one born blind received his sight; and as great a miracle it is in grace, and as great a mystery to a natural man, how one should be born again, or be spiritually enlightened.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 9:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-9.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

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

(c) This is a Hebrew idiom, for they call a man's eyes shut when they cannot receive any light: and therefore blind men who are made to see are said to have their eyes opened.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on John 9:10". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/john-9.html. 1599-1645.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

How then were thine eyes opened? (Πως ουν ηνεωιχτησαν σου οι οπταλμοιPōs oun ēneōichthēsan sou hoi ophthalmoi). Natural and logical (ουνoun) question. First aorist passive indicative (triple augment) of ανοιγωanoigō These neighbours admit the fact and want the manner (“how”) of the cure made clear.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 9:10". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-9.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

The Fourfold Gospel

They said therefore unto him, How then were thine eyes opened1?

  1. How then were thine eyes opened? They question as to the manner, not as to the fact.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 9:10". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-9.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

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

Ver. 10. How were thine eyes opened?] It is good to ask Christ’s illuminates such savoury questions, how they were called out of darkness into marvellous light? what discoveries of himself Christ had made unto them? &c. Austin (Confess. vi. 2) confesseth that before his conversion he was of this opinion, that it was impossible for him to find such comfort as now he did in a Christian life. Cyprian saith as much of himself to his friend Donatus, beginning his epistle thus, Accipe quod sentitur, antequam dicitur.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 9:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

According as is the nature of most men upon the sight of any new and strange accident, they are curious to know how it came to pass, who did it, and where he was. The blind man tells them, that he was cured.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-9.html. 1685.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 9:10. They said therefore unto him, How then were thine eyes opened! It does not appear that this was more than a simple inquiry. As yet no element of malice against Jesus is introduced.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:10". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-9.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

John 9:10. This being ascertained the next question was, ; In reply the cured man relates his experience. He had ascertained Jesus’ name from some bystander; and it is noticeable that he speaks of Him as one not widely known: . . “I recovered sight”. The man, who now saw for the first time, “uses the ordinary language of men, though in strictness it was not applicable to his own case,” Watkins.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 9:10". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/john-9.html. 1897-1910.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

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

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-9.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) How were thine eyes opened?—They wonder at the change wrought in him, and seek to know how it happened. The question is important if we adopt the better reading, beggar, for “blind,” in John 9:8, as showing that they knew he had been blind, the moment they knew that he was the same person who used to sit and beg.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on John 9:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
15,21,26; 3:9; Ecclesiastes 11:5; Mark 4:27; 1 Corinthians 15:35
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 36:17 - Tell;  John 9:27 - I have;  Acts 14:27 - opened

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on John 9:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-9.html.