John 9:32
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New International Version
Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

New Living Translation
Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind.

English Standard Version
Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind.

Berean Study Bible
Never before has anyone heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

Berean Literal Bible
Never out of the age has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of one having been born blind.

New American Standard Bible
"Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.

King James Bible
Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind.

International Standard Version
Ever since creation it has never been heard that anyone healed the eyes of a man who was born blind.

NET Bible
Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see.

New Heart English Bible
Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It has never been heard that a man has opened the eyes of one who was born blind.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Since the beginning of time, no one has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a person born blind.

New American Standard 1977
“Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Since the world began it has not been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

King James 2000 Bible
Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

American King James Version
Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

American Standard Version
Since the world began it was never heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard, that any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind.

Darby Bible Translation
Since time was, it has not been heard that any one opened the eyes of one born blind.

English Revised Version
Since the world began it was never heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind.

Webster's Bible Translation
Since the world began hath it not been heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

Weymouth New Testament
From the beginning of the world such a thing was never heard of as that any one should open the eyes of a man blind from his birth.

World English Bible
Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind.

Young's Literal Translation
from the age it was not heard, that any one did open eyes of one who hath been born blind;
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
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. 33If this man were not from God, He could not do anything like this.”…
Cross References
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.

John 9:33
If this man were not from God, He could not do anything like this."

John 10:21
But others replied, "These are not the words of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"
Treasury of Scripture

Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.

Since. It is worthy of remark, that, from the foundation of the world, no person born blind had been restored to sight, even by surgical operation, till about the year

the world.

Job 20:4 Know you not this of old, since man was placed on earth,

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived …

Luke 1:70 As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since …

Revelation 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning; and there was …

(32) Since the world began was it not heard.--Literally, from the world-age was it not heard. The phrase is a reminiscence of Isaiah 64:4. (Comp. also Note on Luke 1:70.)

The eyes of one that was born blind.--This differentiates the miracle from the others in cases of blindness, and still more from all ordinary cures of maladies of the eyes. The man expresses what was simply true, that no science or skill had at that time been equal to the removal of blindness which had accompanied birth. That modern science has succeeded in making even this possible, is altogether beside the question, unless it is pretended that human skill could effect it under like conditions and with the same means. For the man himself there had been years of darkness without a ray of hope, for none had ever dreamt that recovery was within the limits of possibility; and now that the blessing has come, he regards it as the gift of God, and doubts not that the immediate giver is from God.

Verses 32, 33. - The man, having once begun, will not be stopped in his argument. Since the world began (ἐκ τοῦ αἰῶνος does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament; we have ἀπ αἰῶνος three times, and ἀπὸ τῶν αἰῶνων) it was never heard that any one opened the eyes of one born blind. There is no record of any cure of blindness in the Old Testament. The miracle stands forth with grand distinctness on the page of history. If such stories had been told, neither he nor the author of this narrative knew of them. The Pharisees and Jews have no reply to this burst of grateful but indignant testimony to the uniqueness of his Deliverer, and then, with a home-thrust which cut through their weak objections and repudiated their cruel inferences, he added, Unless this Man were from God, he could do nothing; he could neither have wrought this marvel, nor any of the deep impressions wrought upon you. "From God;" that is the man's final answer to the query, "What sayest thou of him, seeing that he hath opened thine eyes?" God has the glory, while I repudiate what you give as a judgment against him. Verily God has heard him as One who in this thing has simply done his will. Thus the Jews are compelled for a few moments to hear, from one known as a street-beggar, words of teaching along the finest lines of a deep experience. Since the world began,.... , "from eternity", or never: the phrase answers to frequently used by the Jews (m), for never; and so the Arabic version renders it, "it was never heard", &c. since time was:

was it not heard, that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind; as not any physician by any natural means, or art, so not any prophet in a miraculous way, no not Moses himself; among all the miracles he wrought, which the Jews say (n) were seventy six, and which were two more than were wrought by all the prophets put together, this is not to be found in the list of them, nor in the catalogue of miracles done by others. Elisha indeed prayed to God to restore sight to an army smitten with blindness; but then they were persons who saw before, and were not blind from their birth. Wherefore it must follow, that Jesus, the author of this miracle, must be greater than any of the prophets, even than Moses himself, and has a greater confirmation of his mission from God, than either he or they had: and as this was a miracle in nature, it is no less a miracle in grace, that one born in the blindness and darkness of sin, ignorance, and infidelity, should have the eyes of his understanding opened, to behold divine and spiritual things.

(m) Abot R. Nathan, c. 35. fol. 8. 2. Maimon. Mechira, c. 20. sect. 8. & Shelchim & Shotaphim, c. 10. sect. 1, 2, 3, 4. & passim. (n) Menasseh ben lsrael, Conciliat. in Deut. Quaest. 11. p. 240. 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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