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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - John 9:1-7

We have here sight given to a poor beggar that had been blind from his birth. Observe, I. The notice which our Lord Jesus took of the piteous case of this poor blind man (John 9:1): As Jesus passed by he saw a man which was blind from his birth. The first words seem to refer to the last of the foregoing chapter, and countenance the opinion of those who in the harmony place this story immediately after that. There it was said, paregen?he passed by, and here, without so much as repeating him... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 9:1-41

Before we leave this very wonderful chapter we would do well to read it again, this time straight through from start to finish. If we do so read it with care and attention, we will see the loveliest progression in the blind man's idea of Jesus. It goes through three stages, each one higher than the last. (i) He began by calling Jesus a man. "A man that is called Jesus opened mine eyes" ( John 9:11 ). He began by thinking of Jesus as a wonderful man. He had never met anyone who could do... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - John 9:6-12

9:6-12 When he had said this he spat on the ground, and made clay from the spittle, and he smeared the clay on his eyes and said to him: "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." (The word "Siloam" means "sent.") So he went away and washed, and he came able to see. So the neighbours and those who formerly knew him by sight and knew that he was a beggar, said: "Is this not the man who sat begging?" Some said: "It is he." Others said: "It is not he, but it is someone like him." The man himself said: "I... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - John 9:6

And when he had thus spoken ,.... In answer to the disciples' question, and declaring his own work and office in the world, and the necessity he was under of performing it: he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle ; the Misnic doctors speak F3 Misn. Mikvaot, c. 7. sect. 1. of טיט נרוק , "clay that is spitted", or "spittle clay", which their commentators say F4 Jarchi, Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. was a weak, thin clay, like spittle or water; but this here was... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - John 9:6

Anointed the eyes of the blind man - It would be difficult to find out the reason which induced our Lord to act thus. It is certain, this procedure can never be supposed to have been any likely medical means to restore sight to a man who was born blind; this action, therefore, had no tendency to assist the miracle. If his eye-lids had been only so gummed together that they needed nothing but to be suppled and well washed, it is not likely that this could possibly have been omitted from his... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - John 9:6

Verse 6 6.He spat on the ground. The intention of Christ was, to restore sight to the blind man, but he commences the operation in a way which appears to be highly absurd; for, by anointing his eyes with clay, he in some respects doubles the blindness Who would not have thought either that he was mocking the wretched man, or that he was practising senseless and absurd fooleries? But in this way he intended to try the faith and obedience of the blind man, that he might be an example to all. It... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 9:1-7

(8) The Lord confirms by a sign the declaration that he is the Light of the world , by giving eyesight as well as light . That which had been proclaimed as a great truth of his Being and mission, viz. that he was the Light of the world, was now to be established and confirmed to the disciples by a signal miracle. The "higher criticism" finds explanation of this and other similar miracles at Bethsaida and Jericho, in the prophecy of Isaiah 42:19 ; Isaiah 43:8 ; Isaiah 35:5 ; ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 9:1-7

The blind man and the sight-giving Savior. Notice this blind man— I. IN RELATION TO THE DISCIPLES . 1. To them he was a notorious object of retributive justice . His blindness they regarded as a special punishment for some particular sin; they looked upon him, as Lot's wife of old, as a standing monument of iniquity, only with this difference, he was alive, bearing his punishment on this side. Their notion is, upon the whole, correct. Sin is punished, and sometimes... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 9:1-12

Cure of the man born blind. This new miracle caused a fresh outburst of Jewish hatred against our Lord. Of the six miracles of blindness recorded in the Gospels, this only is a case of blindness from birth. I. THE CURIOUS QUESTION OF THE DISCIPLES . "Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?" 1. Their conviction was that affliction was in all cases the consequence of sin . II. OUR LORD 'S ANSWER TO THEIR QUESTION .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - John 9:1-41

The removal of the closing words of John 8:59 from the text as a gloss, favors a pause between the attempt to stone Jesus and the miracle. Lange has the inconsistent remark that the παράγων is "the participle of the preceding though doubtful παρῆγεν ." If it were a gloss, the παρῆγεν had been introduced by some copyist from the παράγων , and therefore the latter can derive no meaning from the former. Admitting the spuriousness of the gloss, the connection between the... read more

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