Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:20

His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

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

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

His parents answered and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but how he now seeth we know not; or who opened his eyes we know not; he is of age, he shall speak for himself.

Thus perished the hope of the Pharisees that they might deny that the miracle had occurred. Their insinuation of fraud was totally demolished.

He is of age ... indicates a mature person; and according to Clarke, "Mature age, as fixed among the Jews, was thirty years."[11]

The testimony of the parents that they did not know how or by whom the sign was wrought, although technically correct, was really and avoidance of testifying to what they did actually know. Their fear of the leaders prompted this reluctance on their part.

ENDNOTE:

[11] Adam Clarke, op. cit., Vol. V, p. 587.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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

His parents answered them, and said,.... What follows, which contains distinct answers to the several questions: and to the first they reply very freely, and with great confidence,

we know that this is our son; for though his receiving his sight made a considerable alteration in him, yet his features were the same; and there might be some marks in his body, which they were acquainted with, by which they knew assuredly he was their son: and if even the neighbours, though they disagreed about him, yet some of them knew him to be the same person that had been blind and begged, then much more his parents; and even those who said it was not he, yet they owned he was like him: and with respect to the second question they answer,

and that he was born blind: this they were ready to attest, and did attest.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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

We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind (Οιδαμεν οτι ουτος εστιν ο υιος ημων και οτι τυπλος εγεννητηOidamen hoti houtos estin ho huios hēmōn kai hoti tuphlos egennēthē). These two questions the parents answer clearly and thus cut the ground from under the disbelief of these Pharisees as to the fact of the cure (John 9:18). So these Pharisees made a failure here.

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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

His parents answered and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind1:

  1. We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind. Thus they answer clearly as to the first two points.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 9:20". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-9.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

Ver. 20. We know that this is our son] They answer obliquely and over warily; but Christ had better deserved of them. Squirrels ever set their holes to the sunny side. Political professors, neuter passive Christians, will be sure to keep on the warmer side of the hedge; neither will they launch farther into the sea than they may be sure to return safe to the shore. Cyprian calleth such double minded men, palpatores temporum, in lenitate tantum constantes, giddy brains.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 9:20". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Ver. 20,21. But besides this, the parents of this man proved more honest and stouter than, it may be, the Pharisees did expect. They affirm, that they knew that he was their son, and that he was born blind. But for the third question, How he now saw? They avoid an answer to that, being possibly no eyewitnesses of Christ when he wrought the miracle. For this they refer them to their son, who was no babe, but a man grown, one of age, able to speak for himself; of whom they might inquire, and he was best able, as to this thing, to give them satisfaction.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:20". 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

Parents examined before the spiritual court, John 9:18-23.

20.Parents answered—To suit the court, they ought to answer that it is a great mistake that the man was born blind. He was only a little dim, and washing in Siloam purged his vision, and so gave grounds for this impostor’s quackery. But the aged couple, though non-committal, refuse to be false.

We know—As the court had asked a double question, the wary witnesses divide it and give a twofold answer. He is their own blind-born son, they know; but as to the pinch, how he now sees, these deponents say not.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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 9:20. His parents therefore answered and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind. To two of the questions asked by the Jews the answer of the parents is perfectly clear and decided. In seeking for that which might invalidate the ‘sign,’ the enemies of Jesus have but obtained new testimony to its reality.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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 9:20. To them they put virtually three questions: Is this your son? Was he born blind? (for though you say this of him, emphatic, we do not believe it). How does he now see? The first two questions they unhesitatingly answer: This is our son who was born blind. This answer explodes the idea of collusion.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 9:20". 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

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

His parents answered them, and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:20". "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

(20) We know that this is our son . . .—The two earlier questions of matter of fact they can answer with certainty. They know, as none besides themselves can know, that he was their son, and they know the painful truth that he was born blind.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on John 9:20". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/john-9.html. 1905.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

20.We hnow that this is our son, and that he was born blind. Hence it follows that he does not see naturally, but that his eyes have been miraculously opened; but this latter point — that his sight had been miraculously restored — they pass by, because it would give offense. By their silence they show their ingratitude; for, having received so distinguished a gift of God, they ought to have burned with desire to celebrate his name. But, struck with terror, they bury the grace of God, as far as lies in their power, with this exception, that they substitute in their room, as a witness, their son, who will explain the whole matter as it happened, and who will be heard with less prejudice, and will be more readily believed. But though they prudently avoid danger, and continue this middle path, of testifying indirectly about Christ by the mouth of their son, yet this does not prevent the Holy Spirit from condemning their cowardice by the mouth of the Evangelist, because they fail to discharge their own duty. How much less excuse then will they have, who, by treacherous denial, utterly bury Christ, with his doctrine, with his miracles, with his power and grace!

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on John 9:20". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/john-9.html. 1840-57.