John 9:31
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New International Version
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

New Living Translation
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

English Standard Version
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

Berean Study Bible
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

Berean Literal Bible
We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

New American Standard Bible
"We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

King James Bible
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him.

International Standard Version
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he does listen to anyone who worships him and does his will.

NET Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him.

New Heart English Bible
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But we know that God does not listen to the voice of a sinner, but listens to whoever worships him and does his will.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants.

New American Standard 1977
“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now we know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone should fear God and do his will, him he will hear.

King James 2000 Bible
Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

American King James Version
Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

American Standard Version
We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God, and doth his will, him he heareth.

Darby Bible Translation
[But] we know that God does not hear sinners; but if any one be God-fearing and do his will, him he hears.

English Revised Version
We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man is a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Weymouth New Testament
We know that God does not listen to bad people, but that if any one is a God-fearing man and obeys Him, to him He listens.

World English Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and we have known that God doth not hear sinners, but, if any one may be a worshipper of God, and may do His will, him He doth hear;
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
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. 32Never before has anyone heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:45
"Then you returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.

Job 27:8
"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?

Job 35:13
"Surely God will not listen to an empty cry, Nor will the Almighty regard it.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 66:18
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear;

Psalm 145:19
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9
He who turns away his ear from listening to the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

Isaiah 1:15
"So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

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

Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

we know.

Job 27:8,9 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when …

Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to …

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but …

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 66:18-20 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me…

Proverbs 1:28,29 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek …

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 21:13 Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Isaiah 58:9 Then shall you call, and the LORD shall answer; you shall cry, and …

Jeremiah 11:11 Therefore thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on them, …

Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt …

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither …

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will …

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not …

if any.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

Proverbs 15:29 The LORD is far from the wicked: but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

and doeth.

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

John 15:16 You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; …

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, See, I come (in the volume of the book it is written …

1 John 3:21,22 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God…

him.

John 11:41,42 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. …

Genesis 18:23-33 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous …

Genesis 19:29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, …

Genesis 20:7 Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and …

1 Kings 17:20-22 And he cried to the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, have you also …

1 Kings 18:36-38 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, …

2 Chronicles 32:20,21 And for this cause Hezekiah the king, and the prophet Isaiah the …

Psalm 99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call …

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

James 5:15-18 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise …

(31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners.--What they should have known, but asserted that they did not, he proceeds to declare. The argument of this and the two following verses may be stated in syllogistic form, thus:--(1) God heareth not sinners, but only those who worship Him and do His will. (2) That God heareth this Man is certain, for such a miracle could be performed only by divine power. (3) This Man, therefore, is not a sinner, but is from God.

He assumes as a general truth, which all accepted, that God heareth not sinners. This is based upon numerous passages in the Old Testament Scriptures--e.g., Isaiah 1:11-15; Psalm 66:18; Psalm 109:7; Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 15:29; Job 27:9; Job 35:13. We are, of course, to understand the word "sinner" in the sense in which they had used it in John 9:16; John 9:24. They had said that they knew this Man to be a sinner, and they meant one who was a sinner in a darker sense than that in which the word may be applied to all men. He asserts, as a truth which agrees with the whole teaching of the Old Testament, and with all the religious instincts of men, that there would be no communion between such a man and heaven. Such a one could not be commissioned as a prophet, or so heard in heaven as to have power to work miracles on earth. (Comp. Notes on John 11:41-42, and Acts 3:12.) Men have sometimes taken the words altogether apart from their context, and read into them a dark meaning which they cannot be rightly made to bear. Neither these words, nor any words of God, assign any limit to the divine grace, which extendeth to every penitent sinner; nor is there any voice of any child of man lifted to heaven, which is not heard by the Father who is in heaven.

It has often been noted here that the words are spoken by one whose authority does not make them binding upon us; but it is clear that they were accepted. as a general truth. We need no other explanation if we bear in mind the special sense which is here attached to the word "sinner."

Verse 31. - We know - the new-born disputant takes up the language of these proud casuists, and adopts the technical phrase which they had used (vers. 24, 29) - we know, you and I, that God heareth not sinners in any special sense of miraculous approval (Job 27:9; Job 35:13; Psalm 109:7; and especially Psalm 66:18, 19; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15). One aspect of Old Testament teaching shows that a man must delight himself in the Lord in order to receive the desires of his heart. If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us; but the prayer of the sinner, the desire of the wicked, is contrary to the will of' God. When the sinner turns from his sins to the Lord, the cry for mercy is in harmony with the will of God. In one sense every prayer is the prayer of sinful men; but it is the Divine life working within them that offers acceptable prayer. The prayer of the sinner as such is not heard. We know God does not listen to the cry of sinners, when, as sinners, they ask from the ground of their sin, to secure their own sinful purpose; but if any man be a worshipper of God (the word Θεοσεβής is an ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, and occurs nowhere else in the New Testament), and doeth his (God's) will, this man he heareth. The blind beggar has learned the deepest truth of the Divine revelation about the conditions of acceptable prayer. The immediate application was the miraculous unwonted event as answer to the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man (see James 5:16-18). So much for the general relation of this Healer to God. The rabbis were never tired of urging that the "answers to prayer depended on a man being devout and doing the will of God" (Edersheim, who quotes 'Ber.,' 6, b; 'Taanith,' 3:8; 'Succah,' 14, a; 'Yoma,' 28, a). So that the man was here fighting with drawn sword. Now we know that God heareth not sinners,.... All mankind are sinners, even God's elect; yea, such who are truly gracious and righteous persons; for there is no man without sin; and God hears such who cry unto him day and night; such Christ came to save; for such he died; and these he calls to repentance; and every penitent sinner God hears: but by "sinners" are meant notorious sinners, such in whom sin reigns, who live in sin, and particularly impostors. The man takes up the word the Jews had made use of, and applied to Christ, John 9:24, and suggests, that had Jesus been a sinner, that is, an impostor, God would not have heard him, or have assisted him in doing a miracle, to support an imposture, or cover and encourage a fraud; but that he was heard and assisted, was a plain case: whereas not only they, the learned doctors of the nation, but such an illiterate man as himself knew, that notoriously wicked men, cheats, and deceivers, were not heard of God; and this was known from the Scripture, and all experience; see Psalm 66:18. The Persic and Ethiopic versions read, "I know, that God", &c.

but if any man be a worshipper of God; fears the Lord, and worships him in spirit and in truth, both with internal and external worship:

and doth his will; for it is not everyone that Lord, or draws nigh to God with his mouth, and honours him with his lips, that is a true and sincere worshipper of him; but he that does his will in faith, from a principle of love, and with a view to his glory: and

him he heareth; for he is nigh to all that call upon him in truth; and such an one the man intimates Jesus must be, since it was out of all dispute that God had heard him, and had bore a testimony to him. 31. they cast him out—judicially, no doubt, as well in fact. The allusion to his being "born in sins" seems a tacit admission of his being blind from birth—the very thing they had been so unwilling to own. But rage and enmity to truth are seldom consistent in their outbreaks. The friends of this excommunicated youth, crowding around him with their sympathy, would probably express surprise that One who could work such a cure should be unable to protect his patient from the persecution it had raised against him, or should possess the power without using it. Nor would it be strange if such thoughts should arise in the youth's own mind. But if they did, it is certain, from what follows, that they made no lodgment there, conscious as he was that "whereas he was blind, now he saw," and satisfied that if his Benefactor "were not of God, He could do nothing" (Joh 9:33). There was a word for him too, which, if whispered in his ear from the oracles of God, would seem expressly designed to describe his case, and prepare him for the coming interview with his gracious Friend. "Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word. Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified; BUT He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed" (Isa 66:5). But how was He engaged to whom such noble testimony had been given, and for whom such persecution had been borne? Uttering, perhaps, in secret, "with strong crying and tears," the words of the prophetic psalm, "Let not them that wait on Thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake; let none that seek Thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel; because for Thy sake I have borne reproach … and the reproaches of them that reproached Thee are fallen upon me" (Ps 69:6, 7, 9).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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