Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:11

He answered, "The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash' ; so I went away and washed, and I received sight."
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Converts;   Pool;   Sabbath;   Siloam;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Blindness, Spiritual;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Siloam;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - John, gospel of;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Baptize, Baptism;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Pool;   Siloam, Pool of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Anoint;   Siloam, the Pool of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Pool;   Siloam;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Anointing;   Anointing (2);   Attraction;   Bason;   Beggar;   Error;   Punishment (2);   Sabbath ;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Siloah, Siloam ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Silence;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Siloah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;   Sil'oam;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Cistern;   Clay;   Pool;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Jesus of Nazareth;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

A man that is called Jesus - The whole of this relation is simple and artless in the highest degree. The blind man had never seen Jesus, but he had heard of his name - he felt that he had put something on his eyes, which he afterwards found to be clay - but how this was made he could not tell, because he could not see Jesus when he did it; therefore he does not say, he made clay of spittle - but simply, he made clay, and spread it upon my eyes. Where a multitude of incidents must necessarily come into review, imposture and falsehood generally commit themselves, as it is termed; but, however numerous the circumstances may be in a relation of fact, simple truth is never embarrassed.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on John 9:11". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/john-9.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

He answered and said, a man that is called Jesus,.... Whom he had as yet little knowledge of, only by some means or another he had learned his name;

made clay and anointed mine eyes, &c. See Gill on John 9:6, John 9:7.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 9:11". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-9.html. 1999.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

The man that is called Jesus (ο αντρωπος ο λεγομενος Ιησουςho anthrōpos ho legomenos Iēsous). He does not yet know Jesus as the Messiah the Son of God (John 9:36).

I received sight (ανεβλεπσαaneblepsa). First aorist active indicative of αναβλεπωanablepō old verb to see again, to recover sight, not strictly true of this man who had never seen. He got back sight that he had never had. Originally the verb means to look up (Matthew 14:19).

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/john-9.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Vincent's Word Studies

To the pool of Siloam

The best texts read simply, Go to Siloam.

Received sight ( ἀνέβλεψα )

Originally, to look up, as Matthew 14:19; Mark 16:4, and so some render it here; but better, I recovered sight.

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Vincent, Marvin R. DD. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/john-9.html. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. 1887.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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.

A man called Jesus — He seems to have been before totally ignorant of him.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on John 9:11". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-9.html. 1765.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Я пошел, умылся. Столь счастливый исход послушания слепого убеждает нас, преодолев все сомнения, упорно идти туда, куда нас зовет Господь. Пусть мы не сомневаемся в успехе, там, куда мы пойдем под Его водительством и надзором.

 

 

 

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-9.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

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.

Ver. 11. I went and washed, and received sight] His blind obedience made him see. Let God be obeyed readily without reasoning or wrangling, and success shall not be lacking. God calleth for Curristas non Quaeristas. Luther.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 9:11". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

John 9:11. A man that is called Jesus, &c.— It appears from this verse, that the beggar knew that it was Jesus who spake to him. Probably he distinguished him by his voice, having formerly heard him preach; or he might know him by the information of the disciples. Hence he cheerfully submitted to the operation, though in itself a very unlikely means of obtaining sight.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on John 9:11". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/john-9.html. 1801-1803.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

11.] ἀνέβλ., strictly speaking, is in-appropriate in the case of one born blind. Lücke refers to Aristotle as using the word thus, and cites Pausanias, who speaks of ὀφιονέατὸν ἐκ γενετῆς τυφλόν, whom ἐπέλαβε τῆς κεφαλῆς ἄλγημα ἰσχυρόν, καὶ ἀνέβλεψεν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ. Sight being natural to men, the deprivation of it is regarded as a loss, and the reception of it, though never enjoyed before, as a recovery. So Grotius: “nec male recipere quis dicitur, quod communiter tributum humanæ naturæ ipsi abfuit.” There is no emphasis on μου here (as Bp. Wordsw.) nor in John 9:15; John 9:30 : nor on σου in John 9:10; John 9:17; John 9:26. See on Matthew 16:18, and compare Luke 12:18.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on John 9:11". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/john-9.html. 1863-1878.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

John 9:11. ἄνθρωπος λεγόμενος ἰησοῦς, a man who is called Jesus) The article is not added, but the participle. Comp. ch. John 11:54, “Into a city called Ephraim,” ἐφραὶμ λεγομένην πόλιν. The blind man had not known the celebrity of Jesus.— ἀνέβλεψα, I received [or recovered] sight) He had not had the power of seeing ever before; but yet that power is natural to man; on this account he says, I recovered sight [the strict sense of ἀνέβλεψα].

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 9:11". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/john-9.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

By one that was called Jesus; probably he had heard some of the people mention him by that name; and he describeth to them the manner how he did it.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:11". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/john-9.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

11.A man’ called Jesus—The excitement produced by the miracles and preaching had not reached, as yet, the blind beggar. He knew his benefactor only by name.

Made clay—The man’s recital of the instrumentalities clearly indicates the impression they were intended to produce, (see our note on John 9:6,) and their obvious inadequacy demonstrated the miracle.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/john-9.html. 1874-1909.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 9:11. He answered, The man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to Siloam, and wash. I went away therefore and washed, and I received sight. This man, then, knew his Deliverer, though not His true nature (John 9:36). The wording of the phrase would seem to imply that he had in his thoughts the meaning of the name ‘Jesus,’ so wonderfully illustrated in his own case.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/john-9.html. 1879-90.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

answered and said. See App-122 and note or Deuteronomy 1:41.

to = unto. Greek. eis. App-104.

received sight = looked up [and saw]. App-133.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on John 9:11". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/john-9.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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.

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. This reply is so fresh and lively that, as Meyer says, our Evangelist probably received it from the man himself after he became a believer.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:11". "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

(11) A man that is called Jesus.—Some of the better MSS. read, “The Man that is called Jesus,” implying that He would be known to the blind man and his friends. They can hardly have failed to hear of His teaching at the feast.

Made clay, and anointed mine eyes.—He gives the details in order, omitting the spitting on the ground, which he had not seen.

And I received sight.—The Greek word means exactly, “to see again.” The power, though given in this instance for the first time, was usually a restored power, and this is expressed in the word. This man uses the ordinary language of men, though, in strictness it was not applicable to his own case. This use of the word is, moreover, justified by other examples.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.
A man
6,7,27; Jeremiah 36:17
Reciprocal: Luke 13:4 - in Siloam;  John 5:15 - and told;  John 9:15 - the Pharisees

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on John 9:11". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-9.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

11.And after I had gone and washed. So happy a result of obedience warns us to surmount every obstacle, and to proceed courageously wherever the Lord calls us, and not even to entertain a doubt that every thing which we undertake by his authority, and under his guidance, will have a prosperous issue.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 9:11". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-9.html. 1840-57.