Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

John 9:26

So they said to him, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?"
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Confession;   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;   Nationality;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Silence;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Sabbath;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

How opened he thine eyes? - The reason why they asked this so often was doubtless to attempt to draw him into a contradiction; either to intimidate him, or throw him off his guard, so that he might be detected in denying what he had before affirmed. But God gave to this poor man grace and strength to make a bold confession of the truth, and sufficient common sense completely to confound his proud and subtle examiners.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

They said therefore unto him, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

Drowning men catch at straws; and those evil leaders, confronted with a true miracle of Jesus, again questioned the blind man as to "how" it was done, hoping to find something they could condemn.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on John 9:26". "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

Then said they to him again,.... Finding they could not bring him to deny the fact, or cause him to entertain an ill opinion of him that did it, they examine him again about the manner of it:

what did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? These questions they had put before, John 9:15, and propose them again, in hope he would vary in the account, which they would not fail of improving against him; or that it would appear that he had not been really blind, at least from his birth; or that Christ made use of some unlawful means, as magic art, which they were always ready to charge him with, and to impute his miracles to a diabolical familiarity and influence; and they would have been glad to have had something to support such a calumny.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on John 9:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/john-9.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Then said they … again, What did he to thee? etc. — hoping by repeated questions to ensnare him, but the youth is more than a match for them.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/john-9.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

What did he do to thee? (Τι εποιησεν σοιTi epoiēsen soi). Another cross-examination, now admitting that Jesus opened his eyes and wishing again (John 9:15, John 9:17) to know “how.”

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on John 9:26". "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

He therefore answered, Whether he is a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see1.

  1. One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. As to the doings of Jesus, whether fraudulent or not, he could not answer, but he could say that there was no sham or deception about his eyesight.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on John 9:26". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/john-9.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Снова спросили его. Когда мы видим нечестивых полностью погруженными в свои злоумышления, то пусть устыдимся собственной вялости, того, что мы столь холодно относимся к делу Христову. Когда же они всюду пытаются найти повод для клеветы, дабы окончательно затемнить чудо Христово, Господь очевидно расстраивает их усилия через несгибаемую твердость слепого. Ибо он не только настаивает на своем суждении, но и сурово попрекает судей за то, что они пытаются своими вопросами опровергнуть уже ясную и очевидную для них истину. Он также попрекает их за превратную ненависть ко Христу, говоря: неужели и вы хотите стать Его учениками? Этим он хочет сказать, что, хотя бы их убедили сто раз, они все равно не уступят из-за злобного отношения ко Христу. Удивительна та свобода, с которой презренный и необразованный человек, вызывавший отвращение из-за своего попрошайничества, спокойно навлекает на себя гнев всех священников. Если даже малая подготовка к вере дает такую силу, когда речь заходит о духовной брани, то, как извинить тех проповедников Евангелия, которые замолкают в опасностях еще до всяких угроз? Кроме того, его вопрос звучит иронически. Он хочет сказать, что ими руководит злая воля, а не искреннее желание узнать истину. Именно поэтому они столь упорно ставят один и тот же вопрос.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

Ver. 26. What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?] How fain would envy here have fastened her fangs, and have found somewhat to say, whereby to cast a slur on the miracle. They are even question sick, as those 1 Timothy 6:4. Et si non aliqua nocuissent, &c. They feed upon their own hearts, because they cannot come at Christ’s.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on John 9:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/john-9.html. 1865-1868.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

26.] They perhaps are trying to shake his evidence,—or to make him state something which should bring out some stronger violation of the sabbath.

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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on John 9:26". 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 9:26. εἶπον, they said) These wretched persons strangely torture themselves.(261)

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on John 9:26". 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

They cannot frown him into a denial of the miracle wrought; he stood stoutly to affirm, that he was born blind, and that he was cured by Christ: now they put him to tell the story over again, either hoping they should entrap him, contradicting himself in his story; or, at least, find something, upon his repeating the story, for them to take advantage from, to persuade the people that it was but a cheat, and indeed there was no such miracle wrought upon him.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on John 9:26". 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

26.Said they’ again—Proceeding apparently to cross-question him, in order to detect some refutation of the miracle. This cross-questioning the man indignantly and sarcastically declines. He refers them to his explicit narrative in his former examination, which they endeavoured to slight; and he ironically imputes their zealous questioning to a desire to become his disciples. The keenness with which sceptics scrutinize the Gospel often surpasses the earnestness of its believing students. And it is a striking fact that critical attacks have stimulated Christian scholars to a profounder study of the word of God, and have thus resulted in a truer understanding of its depths of meaning, and clearer demonstrations of its infinite truth.

 

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘They said therefore to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” ’

They decided to hear the story again so that they could pick holes in it, and even find cause against Jesus. They were getting exasperated. Surely the once blind man must see that Jesus was a Sabbath-breaker. But the man had been healed and to him that only meant one thing, and that was that God had been at work. So he had had enough and was disgusted at their hypocrisy.

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Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The Pharisees hoped that as the man repeated his story he would contradict himself or in some other way discredit his own testimony. This is the fourth time that the Pharisees asked how the miracle had happened ( John 9:10; John 9:15; John 9:19; John 9:26). People are often more curious about the mechanics of miracles than they are about the man who performs them. Likewise people are often more concerned to identify whom to blame than they are in really helping people.

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Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

John 9:26. They said therefore to him, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? Every attempt to overthrow the fact has failed: possibly renewed inquiry as to the mode of cure may disclose something that may be used against Jesus. But the man has now perceived their design: they are not seeking the truth, and he will be the tool of no such judges as they are proving themselves to be.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on John 9:26". "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 9:26. Thwarted by the man’s boldness and perceiving that it was hopeless to deny the fact, they return to the question of the means used. ; At this the man loses patience. Their crafty and silly attempt to lead him into some inconsistent statement seems to him despicable, and he breaks out (John 9:27): . No more galling gibe could have been hurled at them than this man’s “Are you also wishing to become His disciples?”

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on John 9:26". 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

Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

Then said they ('They said') to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? - hoping by repeated questions to ensnare him; but the youth is more than a match for them.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on John 9:26". "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

(26) Then said they to him again.—Failing to establish their denial of the fact, they repeat their questionings as to the means used. They hope, it may be, to detect some difference in the accounts, or something which they can construe into a charge against our Lord; or, perhaps, as some have suggested, their repeated questions are merely to gain time or cover their retreat. His honest boldness is too much for their craft. Their adjuration to speak as in God’s presence has been answered in a way they little expected, and the questions they now repeat are asked because they know not what to say.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

26.Again, therefore, they said to him. When we see wicked men so delighted in performing their own base actions, we ought to be ashamed of our slothfulness, in acting with such coolness about the affairs of Christ. Though they search on all sides to obtain grounds of slander, the Lord defeats their attempts, in a remarkable manner, by the unshaken firmness of the blind man; for not only does he persist in his opinion, but he freely and severely reproaches them, that after having abundantly ascertained and known the truth, they endeavor to bury it by their continual inquiries. He charges them also with wicked hatred of Christ, when he says,

Do you also wish to become his disciples? For he means that, though they were a hundred times convinced, they are so strongly prejudiced by wicked and hostile dispositions, that they will never yield. It is an astonishing display of freedom, when a man of mean and low condition, and especially liable to be reproached on account of his poverty, fearlessly provokes the rage of all the priests against himself. If that which was nothing more than a small preparation for faith gave him so much boldness, when he came to the struggle, what excuse can be pleaded by great preachers of the Gospel, who, though they are beyond the reach of darts, are silent as soon as danger is threatened? This question is likewise ironical; for he means that they are prompted by malice, and not by a sincere desire of the truth, to press him so earnestly to reply as to this fact. (270)

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