John 9:34
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New International Version
To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.

New Living Translation
"You were born a total sinner!" they answered. "Are you trying to teach us?" And they threw him out of the synagogue.

English Standard Version
They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

Berean Study Bible
They replied, "You were born in utter sin, and you are instructing us?" And they threw him out.

Berean Literal Bible
They answered and said to him, "You were born entirely in sins, and do you teach us?" And they cast him out.

New American Standard Bible
They answered him, "You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?" So they put him out.

King James Bible
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You were born entirely in sin," they replied, "and are you trying to teach us?" Then they threw him out.

International Standard Version
They asked him, "You were born a sinner and you are trying to instruct us?" And they threw him out.

NET Bible
They replied, "You were born completely in sinfulness, and yet you presume to teach us?" So they threw him out.

New Heart English Bible
They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They answered and were saying to him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Jews answered him, "You were born full of sin. Do you think you can teach us?" Then they threw him out [of the synagogue].

New American Standard 1977
They answered and said to him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they put him out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

King James 2000 Bible
They answered and said unto him, You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us? And they cast him out.

American King James Version
They answered and said to him, You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us? And they cast him out.

American Standard Version
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They answered, and said to him: Thou wast wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Darby Bible Translation
They answered and said to him, Thou hast been wholly born in sins, and thou teachest us? And they cast him out.

English Revised Version
They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Webster's Bible Translation
They answered and said to him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? and they cast him out.

Weymouth New Testament
"You," they replied, "were wholly begotten and born in sin, and do *you* teach *us*?" And they put him out of the synagogue.

World English Bible
They answered him, "You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?" They threw him out.

Young's Literal Translation
They answered and said to him, 'In sins thou wast born altogether, and thou dost teach us!' and they cast him forth without.
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
33If this man were not from God, He could not do anything like this.” 34They replied, “You were born in utter sin, and you are instructing us?” And they threw him out. 35When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found the man and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:5
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: "Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My name's sake, Have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy.' But they will be put to shame.

John 9:2
His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

John 9:22
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews. For the Jews had already determined that anyone who confessed Jesus as the Christ would be put out of the synagogue.

John 9:35
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found the man and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

3 John 1:10
So if I come, I will call attention to his malicious slander against us. And unsatisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers and forbids those who want to do so, even putting them out of the church.
Treasury of Scripture

They answered and said to him, You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us? And they cast him out.

wast.

John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, …

John 8:41 You do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not …

Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.

Job 15:14-16 What is man, that he should be clean? and he which is born of a woman, …

Job 25:4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that …

Psalm 51:5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Galatians 2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the …

and dost.

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, …

John 7:48,49 Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him…

Genesis 19:9 And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came …

Exodus 2:14 And he said, Who made you a prince and a judge over us? intend you …

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to …

Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes …

Proverbs 26:12 See you a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs 29:1 He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be …

Isaiah 65:5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier …

Luke 11:45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said to him, Master, thus saying …

Luke 14:11 For whoever exalts himself shall be abased; and he that humbles himself …

Luke 18:10-14,17 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

And they.

John 9:22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews: for …

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes …

Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yes, strife and …

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the LORD, you that tremble at his word; Your brothers …

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate …

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence …

Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or …

cast him out. or, excommunicated him.

Matthew 18:17,18 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it to the church: but …

1 Corinthians 5:4,5,13 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, …

(34) Thou wast altogether born in sins.--Their reproach now takes the most malignant form, and shrinks not from casting in his teeth the calamity of his birth as the mark of special sin. "Thou didst come into the world," these words mean, "bearing the curse of God upon thy face. Thou hast said that God heareth not sinners. Thy life in its first moments bore the marks of some fearful crime."

And dost thou teach us?--i.e., "Dost thou, marked more than is the common lot of man by sin, teach us, who are the authorised teachers and expositors of the truth?" For any one to have doubted their authority would have seemed out of question; but here was one who had been a beggar, one of the "people of the earth," untrained in the Law, and therefore cursed (comp. Note on John 7:49), and, more than this, altogether born in sin, who was actually teaching them!

And they cast him out.--These words are generally taken to mean excommunication, as in the margin, and it is certain that they may have this sense. (Comp. 3John 1:10.) Having this meaning before them, our translators did not, however, think it the better one, and their view seems to be borne out by the general impression which we get from the narrative. The man with all his boldness has not technically fallen under the ban they had threatened, for he has not "confessed that He was Christ" (John 9:22). A decree of the Sanhedrin would have been necessary, and this must have been formally pronounced. Now, we feel that in a detailed narrative such as we have here, all this would hardly be told in a single short sentence. It seems to be rather that their anger has now passed all bounds. They cannot refute the truth which, in his honest, homely way, he has put before them. They can only heap reproaches upon him, and thrust him by force out of their presence.

Verse 34. - Vanquished by this logic of simple fact and plain inference, the authorities have no other weapon to use but invective and persecution. They answered and said to him, Thou wast altogether born in sins; through and through a born reprobate. They take up the superstitious idea which seems (ver. 2) to have been floating in the mind of the disciples. From sins of parents or from thine own sins in thy mother's womb, thou earnest into the world with the brand of thy infamy upon thee. Thus they admit the change that has come over him by reverting to the peculiar depravity which had been stamped upon his brow, according to their narrow interpretation of Divine providence. And dost thou presume to teach us? - the chosen, the learned, the approved ministers of God? Dost thou, with all this heritage and mark of separation from God, dare to instruct the chief pastors and teachers of Israel? They did not stop with cruel words, but in their bitterness of spirit they thrust him forth; they violently expelled him from the synagogue where they were then seated (so Meyer, Maldonatus, Bengel, and many others). We are not told that there and then they excommunicated, or unsynagogued, him. It is probable that this ban followed, with the usual terrible formalities. He had practically confessed that the highest claims which Jesus had ever made about himself were true, and he made himself liable to the curse already pronounced (ver. 22). This marvelous narrative, with its lifelike detail, is not made the text of a discourse. It remains forever the startling vindication of our Lord's own word, that he was Light to the world and Eyesight too, and was able to supply both the objective condition and subjective change by which the nature of man could alone receive the light of life. From ver. 8 to ver. 34 is almost the only passage in the Gospel, with the exception of the passage, John 3:22-36, in which we are not standing in the actual presence of the Lord, or are not listening to his judgments on men and things, and to his revelations of the mystery of his own Person. The narrative so far stands by itself, and gives us an insight into the life which was being enacted in Jerusalem contemporaneously with the Divine self-revelation of Jesus. They answered and said unto him,.... Being nettled, and stung at what he said, and not able to confute his reasoning; and it is amazing that a man that could never read the Scriptures, who had had no education, was not only blind, but a beggar from his youth, should be able to reason in so strong and nervous a manner, and should have that boldness and presence of mind, and freedom of speech before the whole sanhedrim. Certainly it was God that gave him a mouth and wisdom which these learned doctors could not resist, and therefore they reply in the following manner,

thou wast altogether born in sins; meaning not in original sin, as all mankind are, for this might have been retorted on themselves; but having imbibed the Pythagorean notion of a transmigration of souls into other bodies, and of sinning in a pre-existent state, or a notion of infants sinning actually in the womb, and so punished with blindness, lameness, or some deformity or another for it, they reproach this man, calling him vile miscreant, saying, thou vile, sinful creature, who came into the world covered with sin, with the visible marks of having sinned, either in another body, or in the womb before birth, and therefore wast born blind:

and dost thou teach us, holy, wise, and learned men! which breathes out the true pharisaical spirit they were possessed of, and which appeared in their ancestors before them; see Isaiah 65:5.

And they cast him out; not merely out of the place where the sanhedrim sat, or out of the temple; this would have been no great matter, nor have made any great noise in the city, or have been taken notice of by Christ, or moved his compassion towards him; nor merely out of any particular synagogue, or was the excommunication called "Niddui", which was a separation for thirty days, and for the space of four cubits only; but was what they call "Cherem", which was a cutting him off from the whole congregation of Israel; See Gill on John 9:22; an anathematizing him, and a devoting him to ruin and destruction: and now in part was fulfilled, Isaiah 66:5, for this was done in pretence of zeal, for the honour and glory of God; and Christ appeared to the joy and comfort of this man, and to the shame and confusion of those that cast him out, as the following verses show. 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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