John 9:30
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New International Version
The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

New Living Translation
"Why, that's very strange!" the man replied. "He healed my eyes, and yet you don't know where he comes from?

English Standard Version
The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.

Berean Study Bible
"That is remarkable indeed!" the man said. "You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

Berean Literal Bible
The man answered and said to them, "In this indeed is an amazing thing, that you do not know from where He is, and yet He opened my eyes.

New American Standard Bible
The man answered and said to them, "Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

King James Bible
The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is an amazing thing," the man told them. "You don't know where He is from, yet He opened my eyes!

International Standard Version
The man answered them, "This is an amazing thing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he healed my eyes.

NET Bible
The man replied, "This is a remarkable thing, that you don't know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see!

New Heart English Bible
The man answered them, "How amazing. You do not know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That man answered and said, “This is therefore to be marveled at, that you do not know from where he is and he opened my eyes.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The man replied to them, "That's amazing! You don't know where he's from. Yet, he gave me sight.

New American Standard 1977
The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The man answered and said unto them, Indeed this is a marvellous thing that ye do not know where he is from, and yet he has opened my eyes.

King James 2000 Bible
The man answered and said unto them, Why, in this is a marvelous thing, that you know not from where he is, and yet he has opened my eyes.

American King James Version
The man answered and said to them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from where he is, and yet he has opened my eyes.

American Standard Version
The man answered and said unto them, Why, herein is the marvel, that ye know not whence he is, and yet he opened mine eyes.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The man answered, and said to them: Why, herein is a wonderful thing, that you know not from whence he is, and he hath opened my eyes.

Darby Bible Translation
The man answered and said to them, Now in this is a wonderful thing, that ye do not know whence he is, and he has opened mine eyes.

English Revised Version
The man answered and said unto them, Why, herein is the marvel, that ye know not whence he is, and yet he opened mine eyes.

Webster's Bible Translation
The man answered and said to them, Why, herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened my eyes.

Weymouth New Testament
"Why, this is marvellous!" the man replied; "you do not know where he comes from, and yet he has opened my eyes!

World English Bible
The man answered them, "How amazing! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.

Young's Literal Translation
The man answered and said to them, 'Why, in this is a wonderful thing, that ye have not known whence he is, and he opened my eyes!
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
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. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.…
Cross References
Matthew 21:42
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes' ?

John 9:29
We know that God spoke to Moses, but we do not know where this man is from."

John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.
Treasury of Scripture

The man answered and said to them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that you know not from where he is, and yet he has opened my eyes.

herein.

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John 12:37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed …

Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this …

Mark 6:6 And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went round about …

and yet.

Psalm 119:18 Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Isaiah 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the …

Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

Luke 7:22 Then Jesus answering said to them, Go your way, and tell John what …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

(30) Why herein is a marvellous thing.--Several of the better MSS. read more emphatically, the marvellous thing. He again puts two contradictory positions--their assertion that they knew not by what authority Jesus did these things (whence He was), and the evident fact that He had opened his eyes. He cannot reconcile their statement with what he knows to be true, and he states his wonder in the strongest form.

That ye know not from whence he is--i.e., ye whose business it is to know, ye who claim for yourselves a special knowledge of all such questions, and whose duty it is to inquire into the authority of any one who asserts that he is a teacher or a prophet. (Comp. Note on John 1:24.)

Verse 30. - The man answered and said to them, Why herein is the marvelous thing. Lange translates, "With respect to this man, this is marvelous, to wit." The R.T. has accurately given the force of the γὰρ, the combination of γε and ἄρα, by the rendering "why?" The "herein" is the ignorance which the Jews now profess of the Divine call and mission of the Healer. Their confusion, their obscurity, their vacillation, on such a patent fact is the marvel of marvels, almost more wonderful than the cure of his blindness. That ye know not whence he is, and (yet) he opened my eyes (καί not infrequently has the three of "and yet" - simple juxtaposition conveying a strong contrast; see John 8:55; John 6:70; John 7:4). The man rises into holy and eloquent wrath. Their entire history, their principles of judging of a prophetic call, the whole modus of Divine revelation, ought to have shown that one whose simple will stood in such vivid juxtaposition with work which none but Almighty God could do, ought to have enlightened them. "The blind man, finding he was argued with, grew bolder, and began to argue in turn; if he had not studied theology (say rabbinical casuistry and Mishnaic accretions to the Divine Law), he at least knew his catechism" (Godet). The man answered and said unto them,.... Very appropriately and pertinently,

why herein is a marvellous thing; strange and unaccountable,

that ye know not from whence he is; that you learned doctors, men of sagacity and penetration, should not be able to discern that this man is of God, is a prophet sent by him, and that there should be any doubt from whence he comes, or from whom he has his commission:

and yet he hath opened mine eyes; which was so clearly and plainly the work of the Messiah, and to be done by him when he came, Isaiah 35:4. 30. The man answered, Herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes—He had no need to say another word; but waxing bolder in defense of his Benefactor, and his views brightening by the very courage which it demanded, he puts it to them how they could pretend inability to tell whether one who opened the eyes of a man born blind was "of God" or "a sinner"—from above or from beneath—and proceeds to argue the case with remarkable power. So irresistible was his argument that their rage burst forth in a speech of intense Pharisaism, "Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?"—thou, a base-born, uneducated, impudent youth, teach us, the trained, constituted, recognized guides of the people in the things of God! Out upon thee!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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