John 9:29
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New International Version
We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."

New Living Translation
We know God spoke to Moses, but we don't even know where this man comes from."

English Standard Version
We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”

Berean Study Bible
We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this man is from."

Berean Literal Bible
We know that God has spoken to Moses, but we do not know from where this man is."

New American Standard Bible
"We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from."

King James Bible
We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that God has spoken to Moses. But this man--we don't know where He's from!""

International Standard Version
We know that God has spoken to Moses, but we do not know where this fellow comes from."

NET Bible
We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man comes from!"

New Heart English Bible
We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we do not know where he comes from."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“And we know that God spoke with Moses, but we do not know from where this man is.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don't know where this man came from."

New American Standard 1977
“We know that God has spoken to Moses; but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
We know that God spoke unto Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where he is from.

King James 2000 Bible
We know that God spoke unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from where he is.

American King James Version
We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from where he is.

American Standard Version
We know that God hath spoken unto Moses: but as for this man, we know not whence he is.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from whence he is.

Darby Bible Translation
We know that God spoke to Moses; but [as to] this [man], we know not whence he is.

English Revised Version
We know that God hath spoken unto Moses: but as for this man, we know not whence he is.

Webster's Bible Translation
We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this man, we know not whence he is.

Weymouth New Testament
We know that God spoke to Moses; but as for this fellow we do not know where he comes from."

World English Bible
We know that God has spoken to Moses. But as for this man, we don't know where he comes from."

Young's Literal Translation
we have known that God hath spoken to Moses, but this one -- we have not known whence he is.'
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
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.” 30“That is remarkable indeed!” the man said. “You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.…
Cross References
John 7:27
But we know where this man is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where He is from."

John 7:28
Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, "You know Me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on My own accord, but He who sent Me is true. You do not know Him,

John 8:14
Jesus replied, "Even if I testify about Myself, My testimony is valid, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I came from or where I am going.

John 9:30
"That is remarkable indeed!" the man said. "You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

Hebrews 1:1
On many past occasions and in many different ways, God spoke to our fathers through the prophets.

Hebrews 1:2
But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.
Treasury of Scripture

We know that God spoke to Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from where he is.

know.

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Numbers 12:2-7 And they said, Has the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? has he not …

Numbers 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to …

Deuteronomy 34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like to Moses, whom …

Psalm 103:7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.

Psalm 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.

Psalm 106:16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.

Malachi 4:4 Remember you the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded to him …

Acts 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge?…

Acts 26:22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day, witnessing …

Hebrews 3:2-5 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful …

as for.

John 9:16,24 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because …

1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

2 Kings 9:11 Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said to …

Matthew 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not …

Matthew 26:61 And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, …

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

Acts 22:22 And they gave him audience to this word, and then lifted up their …

we know not.

John 7:27,41,42 However, we know this man from where he is: but when Christ comes, …

John 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, Though I bear record of myself, …

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Isaiah 53:2,3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

(29) We know that God spake unto Moses.--Better, We know that God hath spoken unto Moses. "He was commissioned," they would say, "by God, and received a revelation from God which remains to us." They would press here, as before, the authority of the great Lawgiver, which to every Israelite was final. They will not, therefore, accept this Man as a prophet. Their words have tacit reference also to the fact that His works were in their eyes a transgression of the Mosaic law. There is an opposition between them. Both cannot be right, and they will themselves continue to be disciples of Moses. He, it is implied, by confessing Jesus to be a prophet, was practically denying the authority of Moses.

As for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.--In our English version the words in italics are added, but they do not express more than the single Greek word, which is used with contempt. Before they had said, "Howbeit we know this Man whence He is; but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence He is" (John 7:27; see Notes on this and the next verse). They here oppose the divine authority of the mission of Moses, which was acknowledged by all, to the absence, as they would say, of any such authority for the work of Jesus. Their words are meant to convey more than they express, coming as they do in sharp contrast with "God spake unto Moses." They would say again, "This Man is not of God" (John 9:16), "we know that this Man is a sinner" (John 9:24). For the expression, "whence He is," i.e., "what authority He has," comp. John 19:9, and Matthew 21:25.

Verse 29. - They pursue the antithesis between Jesus and Moses, and thus make an involuntary admission of his abnormal and astounding claims. We know - it is the fundamental fact of our religions history, and of the Divine revelation entrusted to us. We know, by supreme conviction, as something almost equivalent to a fundamental law of thought, that God hath spoken to Moses. (Observe the perfect λελάληκεν, "hath spoken" in such fashion that his words abide fur ever and are still sounding in their ears.) Moses was made a little lower than the angels. God spake to him on Sinai, and from the mercy-scat, and face to face as a man speaketh with his friend (Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:10; Numbers 12:8). The most august ideas and associations clustered round his venerable name. Jesus was supposed to have challenged the supreme authority of Moses, and no sort of comparison could be drawn, in their opinion, between the two. But as for this Man, we know not whence he is. It is remarkable that, in John 7:27, they had been equally explicit in declaring, "We know whence he is." Then they thought to discredit iris Messianic claim by drawing a distinction between the well-known parentage and home of Jesus, and the coming of Messiah from some undiscoverable source, some hidden place, where God retained him before his revelation to Israel (see notes, John 7:27, 28). While, however, Christ (John 8:14) allowed the validity of their superficial knowledge on that occasion, he declared that he alone knew whence he came and whither he was going (see notes, John 8:14). It is, perhaps, in reference to this last expression that they echo his own words. The supernatural source of his being and teaching seemed to their minds, throughout that discourse and controversy, to vacillate between the Divine and the demonic. The contrast between Moses and Jesus in this bitter speech runs along the same low level. "We know not whence" he derives his prophetic character, or his right to legislate for the people of God. We know that God spoke to Moses,.... Out of the bush, and told him who he was, and sent him to deliver the children of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, and spoke the ten words, or law unto him, and by him delivered them to the children of Israel, and to whom he spake face to face, as a man does to his friend, and mouth to mouth, and not in dark sayings; they mean, they knew that Moses had his mission, commission, and credentials from God:

but as for this fellow; so they contemptuously called the Lord Jesus Christ,

we know not from whence he is; contradicting what others of them had said, John 7:27. They imagined they knew the country from whence he came, which they supposed to be Galilee, and the place where he was born, which they concluded was Nazareth; though in both they were in the wrong; and they knew his parents, Joseph and Mary, and his brethren and sisters; but as to his divine filiation, they knew nothing of it; nor would they own his mission, commission, and credentials to be from heaven; and pretended they had no reason to conclude they were. 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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