John 9:28
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New International Version
Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!

New Living Translation
Then they cursed him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses!

English Standard Version
And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

Berean Study Bible
Then they heaped insults on him and said, "You are His disciple; we are disciples of Moses.

Berean Literal Bible
And they railed at him and said, "You are a disciple of that One, but we are disciples of Moses.

New American Standard Bible
They reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

King James Bible
Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They ridiculed him: "You're that man's disciple, but we're Moses' disciples.

International Standard Version
At this, they turned on him in fury and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses!

NET Bible
They heaped insults on him, saying, "You are his disciple! We are disciples of Moses!

New Heart English Bible
They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they were insulting him and were saying to him, “You are his disciple; we are the disciples of Moses.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews yelled at him, "You're his disciple, but we're Moses' disciples.

New American Standard 1977
And they reviled him, and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they reviled him and said, Be thou his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

King James 2000 Bible
Then they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

American King James Version
Then they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

American Standard Version
And they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are disciples of Moses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They reviled him therefore, and said: Be thou his disciple; but we are the disciples of Moses.

Darby Bible Translation
They railed at him, and said, Thou art his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

English Revised Version
And they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are disciples of Moses.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are the disciples of Moses.

Weymouth New Testament
Then they railed at him, and said, "You are that man's disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

World English Bible
They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

Young's Literal Translation
They reviled him, therefore, and said, 'Thou art his disciple, and we are Moses' disciples;
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
27He replied, “I already told you and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28Then they heaped insults on him and said, “You are His disciple; we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this man is from.”…
Cross References
Matthew 27:39
And those who passed by heaped abuse on Him, shaking their heads,

John 5:45
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, in whom you have put your hope.

Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the Law and boast in God;
Treasury of Scripture

Then they reviled him, and said, You are his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

they.

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Isaiah 51:7 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart …

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and …

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

1 Corinthians 4:12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being …

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

but.

John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that …

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? …

Acts 6:11-14 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

Romans 2:17 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God,

(28) Then they reviled him.--The Greek word occurs only here in the Gospels. The other passages where it occurs in the New Testament are Acts 23:4, 1Corinthians 4:12, and 1Peter 2:23. It expresses the passionate outburst of their anger, which was excited by his question, and finds vent in heaping reproaches upon him.

Thou art his disciple.--They cast his own reproach back upon himself, but in stronger words than he had used they mark out the distinction between Jesus and themselves. Thou art that Man's disciple.

But we are Moses' disciples.--The emphasis of the words is important. We, as opposed to thou; Moses, as opposed to that Man's.

Verse 28. - They reviled him, and said, Thou art the disciple of that Man (ἐκείνου) - between whom and us there is an impassable chasm. Here is one of the strongest indications of the irreversible breach between the Jews and Jesus - but we, instead of being his disciples, are disciples of Moses. This speech shows that, whatever the blind man meant to convey by the reproachful entreaty of ver. 27, the Jews took it as proof of his virtual confession of discipleship to Jesus, and this they assumed was tantamount to breaking with Moses. They assume that their traditionary interpretation of the Mastic Law has all the authority of the great Lawgiver himself. Then they reviled him,.... Called him an impertinent, saucy, impudent fellow, for talking in this pert manner to them, the great sanhedrim of the nation; or, as the Vulgate Latin version reads, they cursed him; they thundered out their anathemas against him, and pronounced him an execrable and an accursed fellow:

and said, thou art his disciple; for they looked upon it a reproach and scandal to be called a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth; though there is nothing more honourable than to be a follower of him the Lamb whithersoever he goes: wherefore these Jews threw off what they thought a term of reproach from themselves to the blind man; and perhaps they might say this to ensnare him, hoping that he would own himself to be a disciple of Jesus, and profess him to be the Christ, that they might, according to their own act, excommunicate him. The Vulgate Latin, Persic, and Ethiopic versions read, "be thou his disciple"; if thou wilt, we despise the character; far be it from us that we should be followers of him:

but we are Moses's disciples. Thus they preferred Moses to Christ, and chose to be the disciples of Moses the servant, rather than of Christ the Son; though indeed they were not the genuine disciples of Moses; for if they had, they would have been the disciples of Christ, and believers in him, since Moses wrote and testified of him: they might indeed be so far the disciples of Moses, or of his law, since they sought for righteousness and justification by obedience to his law. This was a phrase in use among the Jews: so the Targumist (i) on Numbers 3:2 says,

"these are the names of they sons of Aaron the priests, , "the disciples of Moses", the master of the Israelites;''

particularly the Pharisees, as here, claimed this title to themselves: for it is said (k),

"all the seven days (before the day of atonement) they delivered to him (the high priest) two of the disciples of the wise men, to instruct him in the service (of that day), who were, , "of the disciples of Moses", in opposition to the Sadducees:''

from whence it appears, that these disciples of Moses were of the sect of the Pharisees, who assumed this character as peculiar to themselves; sometimes they call themselves the disciples of Abraham, though the description they give of such, by no means belongs to them; See Gill on John 8:39. They say (l),

"whoever has three things in him, is , "of the disciples of Abraham" our father, and who has three other things is of the disciples of Balaam the wicked: he that has a good eye, (beneficence, or temperance, or contentment,) a lowly spirit, and an humble soul, he is of "the disciples of Abraham" our father; but he that has evil eye, and a proud spirit, and a large soul (lustful or covetous), is of the disciples of Balaam.''

This last character best agrees with those very persons, who would be thought to be the disciples of Abraham and of Moses.

(i) Jonathan ben Uzziel in ib. (k) T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 4. 1.((l) Pirke Abot, c. 5. sect. 19. 9:24-34 As Christ's mercies are most valued by those who have felt the want of them, that have been blind, and now see; so the most powerful and lasting affections to Christ, arise from actual knowledge of him. In the work of grace in the soul, though we cannot tell when, and how, and by what steps the blessed change was wrought, yet we may take the comfort, if we can say, through grace, Whereas I was blind, now I see. I did live a worldly, sensual life, but, thanks be to God, it is now otherwise with me, Eph 5:8. The unbelief of those who enjoy the means of knowledge and conviction, is indeed marvellous. All who have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder at the wilfulness of others who reject him. He argues strongly against them, not only that Jesus was not a sinner, but that he was of God. We may each of us know by this, whether we are of God or not. What do we? What do we for God? What do we for our souls? What do we more than others?
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