John 9:14
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New International Version
Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.

New Living Translation
because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him.

English Standard Version
Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

Berean Study Bible
Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the day in which Jesus had made the clay and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.

New American Standard Bible
Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.

King James Bible
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.

International Standard Version
Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and healed his eyes.

NET Bible
(Now the day on which Jesus made the mud and caused him to see was a Sabbath.)

New Heart English Bible
Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But it was the Sabbath when Yeshua made clay and opened his eyes for him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The day when Jesus mixed the spit and dirt and gave the man sight was a day of worship.

New American Standard 1977
Now it was a Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus had made the clay and had opened his eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

American King James Version
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

American Standard Version
Now it was the sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now it was the sabbath, when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
Now it was sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

English Revised Version
Now it was the sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was the sabbath when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

Weymouth New Testament
Now the day on which Jesus made the clay and opened the man's eyes was the Sabbath.

World English Bible
It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
and it was a sabbath when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath. 15So the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. The man answered, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”…
Cross References
John 5:9
Immediately the man was made well, and he picked up his mat and began to walk. Now this happened on the Sabbath day,

John 9:6
When Jesus had said this, He spat on the ground, made some mud, and applied it to the man's eyes.

John 9:13
They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.
Treasury of Scripture

And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

John 5:9,16 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and …

John 7:21-23 Jesus answered and said to them, I have done one work, and you all marvel…

Matthew 12:1-14 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and …

Mark 2:23-28 And it came to pass, that he went through the corn fields on the …

Mark 3:1-6 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there …

Luke 6:1-11 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he …

Luke 13:10-17 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath…

Luke 14:1 And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief …

(14) And it was the sabbath day--i.e., most probably, the last day, that great day of the feast of John 7:37. Nothing has taken place which makes it necessary to suppose any interval, and though the discourses seem long, they would have occupied but a short time in delivery. The whole narrative follows in unbroken order, which makes it difficult to suppose that a week intervened.

When Jesus made the clay.--This is mentioned as a servile work which contravened the Sabbath law. The anointing the eyes with spittle on the Sabbath was specially forbidden by the decrees of the Rabbis. They held that no work of healing might be performed on the Sabbath except in cases of immediate danger.

On the question of our Lord's relation to the Sabbath day, comp. Notes on John 5:16 et seq., and on Matthew 12:10; Luke 13:11-16; Luke 14:1-5.

Verse 14. - Now it was sabbath on the day that Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The phrase is peculiar, and implies that the day may have been a festival sabbath. The introduction here shows that the difficulty of the neighbors and other friends had already been raised, and something more than a desire on their part for religious guidance actuated their appeal to the Pharisees. Why should the healed man be taken to the Pharisees, or the synagogue-court at all, unless some question of casuistry had been raised? The movement was one unquestionably adverse to Jesus. It could have had no other motive. Nor can any doubt arise that Jesus had violated the rabbinical rules of the sabbath, though his act had been in perfect harmony with the spirit and even letter of the Mosaic Law. The making of clay with the spittle and the sand was an infringement of the rule ('Shabbath,' 24:3). It was curiously laid down in one of the vexatious interpretations (preserved in Jerusalem Gemara on 'Shabbath,' 14) that while "wine could by way of remedy be applied to the eyelid, on the ground that this might be treated as washing, it was sinful to apply it to the inside of the eye" (Edersheim). And it was positively forbidden (in the same Gemara) to apply saliva to the eyelid, because this would be the application of a remedy. All medicinal appliances, unless in cases of danger to life or limb, were likewise forbidden. Consequently, the Lord had broken with the traditional glosses on the Law in more ways than one (see Winer, 'Bibl. Realw.,' 2:346; Lightfoot, ' Ad Joan. 9; 'Wetstein on Matthew 12:9; Wunsche, in loc.). And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay,.... Which was reckoned a violation of the sabbath, John 9:16, and was one reason why they had the man to the Pharisees to be examined, and why they were desirous of knowing where Jesus was:

and opened his eyes; by putting on the clay, and sending him to wash in the Pool of Siloam: nor did the miracle, nor the good done to the man, excuse with them, what they thought a breach of the sabbath. 9:13-17 Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but in such a manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he would not seem to yield to the scribes and Pharisees. Their zeal for mere rites consumed the substantial matters of religion; therefore Christ would not give place to them. Also, works of necessity and mercy are allowed, and the sabbath rest is to be kept, in order to the sabbath work. How many blind eyes have been opened by the preaching of the gospel on the Lord's day! how many impotent souls cured on that day! Much unrighteous and uncharitable judging comes from men's adding their own fancies to God's appointments. How perfect in wisdom and holiness was our Redeemer, when his enemies could find nothing against him, but the oft-refuted charge of breaking the sabbath! May we be enabled, by well-doing, to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
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