Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:19

and questioned them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?"
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Converts;   Faith;   Sabbath;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Pharisees;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Holy Ghost;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Beggar;   Error;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Silence;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Names titles and offices of christ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And they asked them, saying, is this your son,.... The first question they put was, whether the man that stood before them, pointing to him, was their son or not; whether they knew him by any marks to be their son, and would own him as such: had they answered to this in the negative, they would have got an advantage against him, and would have convicted him of a lie, since he had given out that he was the son of such parents; and proving such a lie upon him, would at once have brought the whole affair into suspicion at least: they add,

who ye say was born blind; this contains a second question, whether, if this was their son, he was born blind or not; and if he was not born blind, though he had been blind, it would have greatly lessened the miracle: and besides, they would have put other questions upon this, whether his blindness was real, and by what means it came. Next follows a third question,

how then doth he now see? By what means has he received his sight? They might hope, that if he was their son, and was really born blind, that he had his sight some other way than by Jesus; or they might object this to his being born, blind, as being a thing impossible, or at least not credible that he should ever see, was that the case.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 9:19". "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

Is this your son who ye say was born blind? how doth he now see? (ουτος εστιν ο υιος υμων ον υμεις ληγετε οτι τυπλος εγεννητη πως ουν βλεπει αρτιHoutos estin ho huios humōn class="translit"> hon humeis lēgete hoti tuphlos egennēthē pōs oun blepei arti). It was shrewdly put with three questions in one in order to confuse the parents if possible and give the hostile Pharisees a handle.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 9:19". "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

The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight1,
    John 9:18,19

  1. Until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. The man's advocacy of Jesus as prophet suggested to those cunning diplomats that there was collusion between Jesus and the man, and that the cure was fraudulent. They therefore denied the cure and sent for the parents, to whom they put the threefold question as to sonship, blindness, and cure.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 9:19". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-9.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

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

Ver. 19. Is this your son?] Here they try another trick to obscure the miracle; but it would not be. "God taketh the wise in their own craftiness." Again, "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain," 1 Corinthians 3:19-20.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 9:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

19.] The question is threefold, and in strict legal formality: ‘Is this your son? Was he born blind? How is it that he now sees?’

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on John 9:19". 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 9:19. πῶς βλέπει) How it has happened, that he sees.

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 9:19". 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

The parents of this man that was blind, in their answer show a great deal of discretion and prudence. Three things the Pharisees ask:

1. Whether this was their son?

2. Whether (as they said) he was indeed born blind?

3. How he came now to see?

The manner of the propounding their question,

who ye say, lets us know what answer they would have had, and that they did not send for the parents of this blind man out of a desire to know the naked truth of the thing, but hoping to fright them into a speaking doubtfully (at least) whether it was their son, yea or no; or whether he was stark blind when he was born, yea or no. But, alas! The providence of God ordering his condition to be so poor, that he was glad to beg for his livelihood, made this design vain, would his parents have gratified the Pharisees by any shuffling and indirect answer.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:19". 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 9:19. and asked them saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? In the hope that they may discover some flaw in the man’s words, through which they may accuse him of complicity with Jesus, and, by thus destroying the idea of a miracle, may become free to deal with Jesus as a transgressor of the law, they question the parents of the man.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:19". "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

son. App-108.

who = of whom.

was = that he was.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on John 9:19". "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

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

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

Foiled by the testimony of the young man himself, they hope to throw doubt on the fact by close questioning his parents, who, perceiving the snare laid for them, ingeniously escape it by testifying simply to the identity of their son, and his birth-blindness, leaving it to himself, as a competent witness, to speak to the cure.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:19". "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

(19) Is this your son, who ye say was born blind?—The “ye” is emphatic; ye say he was born blind, as opposed to us, for we do not believe it. There are three questions. Is this your son? Do ye still say that he was born blind? which is incredible, as he now possesses the faculty of sight (John 9:32). If you do, how do you account for the fact that he now sees?

How then doth he now see?—Their question means—“How does it come to pass, since he was born blind, that he all at once seeth?” The word rendered “now,” here and in John 9:21; John 9:25, conveys the idea of the suddenness of the change which had taken place.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on John 9:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
Is this
8,9; Acts 3:10; 4:14
Reciprocal: Luke 13:11 - eighteen

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on John 9:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/john-9.html.

Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms

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

There are three questions here, which the parents answer in their order: Is he your son? Do ye dare still to maintain that he was born blind? And if so, how has he obtained his sight?

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Hengstenberg, Ernst. "Commentary on John 9:19". Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/heg/john-9.html.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

19.Is this your son? Not having succeeded in the former way, they now attempt another; but the Lord not only defeats their attempts in a wonderful manner, but turns them even to an opposite purpose. They do not merely put a single question, but cunningly put a multitude of questions involved in each other, with the view of preventing a reply. But out of a variety of entangled and captious questions, the parents of the blind man select only the half, to which they reply:

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 9:19". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-9.html. 1840-57.