John 9:3
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New International Version
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

New Living Translation
"It was not because of his sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.

English Standard Version
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Berean Study Bible
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened that the works of God would be displayed in him.

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus answered, "Neither this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was that the works of God should be displayed in him.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

King James Bible
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," Jesus answered. "This came about so that God's works might be displayed in him.

International Standard Version
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. This happened so that God's work might be revealed in him.

NET Bible
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God may be revealed through what happens to him.

New Heart English Bible
Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “He had not sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God may appear in him.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him.

New American Standard 1977
Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

American King James Version
Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

American Standard Version
Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus answered: Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus answered, Neither has this [man] sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be manifested in him.

English Revised Version
Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Weymouth New Testament
"Neither he nor his parents sinned," answered Jesus, "but he was born blind in order that God's mercy might be openly shown in him.

World English Bible
Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus answered, 'Neither did this one sin nor his parents, but that the works of God may be manifested in him;
Study Bible
Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
2His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened that the works of God would be displayed in him. 4While it is daytime, we must do the work of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.…
Cross References
John 11:4
When Jesus heard this, He said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

1 John 4:9
This is how God's love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.

1 John 4:16
And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
Treasury of Scripture

Jesus answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Neither.

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(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents.--The answer is, of course, to be understood with the limitation of the question, "that he was born blind." Neither his special sin nor theirs was the cause of the blindness. Our version does not give quite accurately the form of the answer. It should be, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents. Their question sought to establish a connection between the suffering and some definite act of sin. The answer asserts that no such connection exists, and our Lord's words remain a warning against the spirit of judging other men's lives, and tracing in the misfortunes and sorrows which they have to bear the results of individual sin or the proof of divine displeasure. There is a chain connecting the sin of humanity and its woe, but the links are not traceable by the human eye. In the Providence of God vicarious suffering is often the noble lot of the noblest members of our race. No burden of human sorrow was ever so great as that borne by Him who knew no human sin.

But that the works of God should be made manifest in him.--They had sought to trace back the result of sin which they saw before them to a definite cause. He will trace it back to the region of the divine counsel, where purpose and result are one. Evil cannot be resolved into a higher good: it is the result of the choice exercised by freedom, and without freedom goodness could not be virtue. Permitted by God, it is yet overruled by Him. It has borne its fearful fruit in the death and curse of humanity, but its works have led to the manifestation of the works of God in the divine plan of redemption. It is so in this instance. The blindness of this beggar will have its result, and therefore in the divine counsel had its purpose, in the light which will dawn upon the spiritual as well as upon the physical blindness, and from him will dawn upon the world.

Verse 3. - Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents (that he should be born blind). There was no immediate connection between the special sin of the parents and this particular calamity. Our Lord does not assert in those words the sinlessness of those people, but severs the supposed link between their conduct and the specific affliction before them. But (he was born blind) that the works of God should be made manifest in him. The disciples will soon see in the history of this man the meaning of his lifelong blindness. In the man himself' the grace of God will work mightily, both a bodily and spiritual illumination. Evil in this case is to redound to greater good. This provides no opportunity for any to fasten on one or another some charge of special transgression, but, as all evil ought to do, it provides opportunity for the redeeming work which Christ came to accomplish, and which he permitted his disciples to share. Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents,.... Not but that both were guilty of original sin, and had committed actual transgressions; but Christ's answer is to be considered agreeable to the design of the question; and the sense is, that it was not any sin that either of them had committed, whilst he was in the womb, or previous to his birth, that was the cause of this blindness; otherwise, all such irregularities and afflictions arise from sin, and the fall of man, as does that spiritual blindness with which all mankind are attended:

but that the works of God should be manifest in him; that is, that Christ might have an opportunity of working a miracle in the cure of him, whereby it might appear that he is truly and properly God, the Son of God, and the Messiah; and so spiritual blindness, which has followed the fall of man, takes place in the elect of God in common with others, that the power of divine grace might be displayed in bringing them out of darkness into marvellous light. 3. Neither … this man, etc.—The cause was neither in himself nor his parents, but, in order to the manifestation of "the works of God," in his cure.9:1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. And if we know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him. Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifest his works. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many a good work for ever undone, Ec 11:4. Christ magnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind. Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's methods; he uses means and instruments that men despise. Those that would be healed by Christ must be ruled by him. He came back from the pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. This represents the benefits in attending on ordinances of Christ's appointment; souls go weak, and come away strengthened; go doubting, and come away satisfied; go mourning, and come away rejoicing; go blind, and come away seeing.
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