John 9:18
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New International Version
They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents.

New Living Translation
The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents.

English Standard Version
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight

Berean Study Bible
The Jews still did not believe that the man had been blind and had received his sight until they summoned his parents

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of him having received sight.

New American Standard Bible
The Jews then did not believe it of him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight,

King James Bible
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Jews did not believe this about him--that he was blind and received sight--until they summoned the parents of the one who had received his sight.

International Standard Version
The Jewish leaders did not believe that the man had been blind and had gained sight until they summoned his parents

NET Bible
Now the Jewish religious leaders refused to believe that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned the parents of the man who had become able to see.

New Heart English Bible
The Jewish leaders therefore did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the Judeans did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and was seeing, until they called the parents of the man who was seeing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Until they talked to the man's parents, the Jews didn't believe that the man had been blind and had been given sight.

New American Standard 1977
The Jews therefore did not believe it of him, that he had been blind, and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

King James 2000 Bible
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

American King James Version
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

American Standard Version
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 sight,

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Jews then 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 sight,

Darby Bible Translation
The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him that he was blind and had received sight, until they had called the parents of him that had received sight.

English Revised Version
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 sight,

Webster's Bible Translation
But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

Weymouth New Testament
The Jews, however, did not believe the statement concerning him--that he had been blind and had obtained his sight--until they called his parents and asked them,

World English Bible
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 who had received his sight,

Young's Literal Translation
and he said -- 'He is a prophet.' The Jews, therefore, did not believe concerning him that he was blind and did receive sight, till that they called the parents of him who received sight,
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
17So once again they asked the man who had been blind, “What do you have to say about Him, since it was your eyes He opened?” “He is a prophet.” the man replied. 18The Jews still did not believe that the man had been blind and had received his sight until they summoned his parents 19and asked, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he can now see?”…
Cross References
John 1:19
And this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 9:19
and asked, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he can now see?"

John 9:22
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already determined that anyone who confessed Jesus as the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.
Treasury of Scripture

But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

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(18) But the Jews did not believe.--Better, The Jews therefore did not believe. The words are connected, as an inference, with those which precede. Because of this explanation of the fact, they are driven to the expedient of disbelieving the fact itself. The designation of those who take this position is remarkable. The substantive is not unexpressed, as in John 9:17, nor is it "the Pharisees," as in John 9:16, but it is the term which we have met with again and again, as marking out the leaders of the Jerusalem party who were opposed to Christ. (Comp. Note on John 1:19.)

Until they called the parents.--After they have done so, they can affect to doubt the fact no longer (John 9:26). But they hoped that the parents would from fear (John 9:22) have given an answer which would have enabled them to deny the identity of person, or the fact of congenital blindness.

Verses 18, 19. - The narrative once more brings "the Jews" into prominence - the hierarchical party, adverse to Jesus. The angry magistrates who were in the court allowed it to be seen at once that they will not be tampered with, nor lose the chance, if possible, of pursuing their malicious plans already formed against Jesus. They take the ground that no miracle had occurred. At all events, they must have further evidence of the fact. The Jews then did not believe, or refused to believe, concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight, and asked them, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see? There were three questions proposed after the delay involved in fetching the parents of the blind beggar. The first was identification of the blind man. The second was the fact of his congenital blindness. The third was the means of his cure. But the Jews did not believe concerning him,.... Not Jesus, but the blind man;

that he had been blind, and received his sight; they imagine there was a fraud in the case, that it was collusion between Jesus and this man; that he was a man who had never been blind, but only had given out that he was, and pretended he had now received his sight from Jesus, on purpose to spread his fame, and induce people to believe he was the Messiah; and in this imagination they endeavoured to strengthen themselves and others:

until they called the parents of him that had received his sight; they sent messengers to them, and summoned them before them, that they might examine them about this matter, hoping, they might get something out of them, which might detect the supposed fraud, and bring Jesus under disgrace. 18-23. the Jews did not believe … he had been born blind … till they called the parents of him that had received his sight—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 as to the cure. They prevaricated, however, in saying they "knew not who had opened his eyes," for "they feared the Jews," who had come to an understanding (probably after what is recorded, Joh 7:50, etc.; but by this time well known), that whoever owned Him as the Christ would be put out of the synagogue—that is, not simply excluded, but excommunicated.9:18-23 The Pharisees vainly hoped to disprove this notable miracle. They expected a Messiah, but could not bear to think that this Jesus should be he, because his precepts were all contrary to their traditions, and because they expected a Messiah in outward pomp and splendour. The fear of man brings a snare, Pr 29:25, and often makes people deny and disown Christ and his truths and ways, and act against their consciences. The unlearned and poor, who are simple-hearted, readily draw proper inferences from the evidences of the light of the gospel; but those whose desires are another way, though ever learning, never come to the knowledge of the truth.
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