John 9:35
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New International Version
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

New Living Translation
When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

English Standard Version
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

Berean Study Bible
When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, He found the man and said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

Berean Literal Bible
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, He said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

New American Standard Bible
Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

King James Bible
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, He found him and asked, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" "

International Standard Version
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out. So when he found him, he asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

NET Bible
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man and said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

New Heart English Bible
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua heard that they had cast him out, and he found him and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus heard that the Jews had thrown the man out [of the synagogue]. So when Jesus found the man, he asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"

New American Standard 1977
Jesus heard that they had put him out; and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and finding him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe in the Son of God?

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Do you believe on the Son of God?

American King James Version
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God?

American Standard Version
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and finding him, he said, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus heard that they had cast him out: and when he had found him, he said to him: Dost thou believe in the Son of God?

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, he said to him, Thou, dost thou believe on the Son of God?

English Revised Version
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and finding him, he said, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus heard that they had cast him out: and when he had found him, he said to him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

Weymouth New Testament
Jesus heard that they had done this. So having found him, He asked him, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

World English Bible
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of God?"

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus heard that they cast him forth without, and having found him, he said to him, 'Dost thou believe in the Son of God?'
Study Bible
Spiritual Blindness
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?” 36“Who is He, Sir?” he replied. “Tell me so that I may believe in Him.”…
Cross References
Matthew 4:3
The tempter came to Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."

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 9:34
They replied, "You were born in utter sin, and you are instructing us?" And they threw him out.

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

Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him, Do you believe on the Son of God?

and when.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, …

Psalm 27:10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.

Romans 10:20 But Esaias is very bold, and said, I was found of them that sought …

Dost.

John 1:49,50 Nathanael answered and said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; …

John 3:15-18,36 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 6:69 And we believe and are sure that you are that Christ, the Son of the living God.

John 11:27 She said to him, Yes, Lord: I believe that you are the Christ, the …

John 20:28,31 And Thomas answered and said to him, My LORD and my God…

Acts 8:37 And Philip said, If you believe with all your heart, you may. And …

Acts 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

1 John 4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in …

1 John 5:5,10,13,20 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus …

the Son.

John 1:18,34 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

John 10:36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the …

Psalm 2:7,12 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to me, You are my Son; …

Matthew 14:33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, …

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of …

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit …

Hebrews 1:2-9 Has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom he has appointed …

1 John 5:13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the …

(35) Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him.--There is no hint of time or place. We may naturally suppose that this seeking and finding on the part of our Lord followed immediately on the expulsion by the Pharisees. His parents had. for fear of the Pharisees, forsaken him; and they who should have been as the shepherd of this sheep of the flock of Israel, had thrust him from them; but in his case, too, the words of the Psalmist were to be fulfilled, "When my father and my mother forsake me, the Lord taketh me up." The Good Shepherd, who gathereth the lambs with His arm, and carrieth them in His bosom, is at hand to lead him.

Dost thou believe on the Son of God?--There is much doubt about the true reading here. A majority of the best MSS. have "the Son of Man," which is the usual term applied by our Lord to Himself. But comp. Notes on John 10:36; Matthew 26:63; and Matthew 27:43. On the other hand, the reading, "Son of God," is certainly as old as the second century, and seems to supply the sense which the context requires. The man had been cast out. Our Lord hears of this, and knows it is because of his bold confession that He was a prophet. The lesson He had before taught him had been learnt, and had borne fruit. He will lead him from that confession to a higher one. He marks him out as distinct from others, and asks a question which is meant by its form to lead him to an affirmative answer, "Thou believest on the Son of God?" This question follows naturally on the truth which the man had grasped. "If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing" (John 9:33), and this title was one of the theocratic names of the Messiah. (Comp. John 1:49.) The title, "Son of Man," could hardly have conveyed to him the same meaning. Its insertion in some of the MSS. here is probably to be traced to the fact that copyists substituted the title which our Lord more generally used for the rarer one. We should carefully bear in mind that though our Lord does not usually apply the title "Son of God" to Himself, He constantly asserts the truth which it expresses. (Comp., e.g., in this Gospel, John 5, 7, 8)

Verses 35-41. -

(10) The issues of the ministry of light. Verses 35-38. - (a) The vision of those who see not. These verses narrate the sequel so far as the man was concerned. Westcott and others rather exaggerate the bearing of it when they say here was "the beginning of the new society." "The universal society is based on the confession of a new truth" (Westcott). Even in this Gospel the first chapter shows that Jesus gathered disciples about him who from that time onward were to "see angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man." In the second and fourth chapters he "made and baptized disciples." The twelve (John 6.) would not leave him in the midst of widespread disaffection, because they confessed that he was "the Holy One of God," who had "the words of eternal life." Consequently, it is enough to say that, when the authorities of the Jewish ecclesia excluded the disciple of Christ, the Lord admitted him to a nobler fellowship; but the fellowship, the society, had been already formed. Verse 35. - Jesus heard that they had east him out; or, thrust him forth. Jesus is represented as "hearing," not from the man's own lips, but from the current report. He is not said to have become acquainted with the circumstance by intuition, but to have heard by the ordinary processes of knowledge. This simple touch shows how consistent the writer is throughout with the main thesis of his Gospel touching the perfect humanity of the Son of God, that he "was made flesh." and had "come in the flesh," though he was "from God." The excommunication noisily and widely bruited was further proof of the war to the knife between "the Jews" and Jesus. The man has fallen under the ban for practically avowing in the most public way that Jesus was "the Prophet," if not the Christ. And having found him. So, then, the Lord, as the good Shepherd, sought out the lost sheep in the wilderness, and did not rest until he found him. The daylight that had made an altogether new world for one who had aforetime never looked on human face, had been strangely checkered and shadowed. He only saw angry faces and averted glances, and even his cowardly parents would have hesitated to receive him into their poor abode; but Jesus found him, and said, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? Not "Dost thou wish to believe?" but "Dost thou put thy trust in the Son of God?" Dost thou recognize the fact that the Messiah of the nation's hope has come? Art thou believing in him? It would be more natural that the more current appellation Son of God, rather than the more recondite idea of Son of man, should have been held out before the healed man. The "thou" is emphatic, and contrasts the state of the mind of this man with that of "the Jews." He had declared that his Healer was "from God," that he was "a Prophet," One who "did God's will," and whom "God heareth," even when he asked for apparently impossible things. Christ tests the quality and caliber of his faith. Jesus heard that they had cast him out,.... this being perhaps the first instance, of putting in execution the act they had made, John 9:22, and was a stretching of that act; which only threatened with an ejection, in case any should confess Jesus to be the Messiah; which this man had not done as yet, only had said he was a prophet, and that he was of God; it made a very great noise in the city, and the report of it was soon spread over it; and it became the talk of everyone, and so Jesus, as man, came to hear of it; though he, as God, knew it the very instant it was done, and needed not any to make report of it to him:

and when he had found him: not by chance, meeting him at an unawares, but seeking him; and knowing where he was, went to the very place, and found him in this piteous condition, abandoned by all mankind: this is an emblem of Christ's seeking after his chosen ones, both in redemption, and in the effectual calling, who are like sheep going astray, and never come to, and lay hold on Christ, till he comes first, seeks after, and apprehends them: he sends his ministers and his Gospel after them, where they are, and his Spirit into their hearts; yea, he comes himself, and enters there, and dwells in them by faith: he knows where they are, as he did Matthew the publican, Zacchaeus, and the woman of Samaria; and even though they are at the ends of the earth; and he goes and looks them up, and finds them; and he finds them in a deplorable condition, in a desert, in a waste howling wilderness, hopeless and helpless, poor and miserable, and blind and naked; in a pit wherein is no water; in the mire and clay of sin; in the paw of Satan, and under the power of darkness.

He said unto him, dost thou believe on the Son of God? the Persic version adds, "who hath healed thee": this supposes that there was a Son of God, or a divine person known by the Jews under this character, and that the expected Messiah would appear as such; and that, as such, he is the object of faith, and therefore, as such, must be God, since a creature, though ever so much dignified, or with whatsoever office invested, is not the object of faith, trust, and confidence, with respect to everlasting life and happiness: and it may be observed, that whenever Christ finds any of his people, he brings them to believe in him as the Son of God for righteousness and life: he himself is the author of faith in them, as well as the object of it; and no doubt power went along with these words, creating faith in this man: this was a most proper and pertinent question put to him in his present case, and suggests, that if he believed in the Son of God, it was no matter in what situation he was among men: since he would then appear to be a Son of God himself by adopting grace, and so an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ; would receive the remission of his sins, openly justified in the court of conscience, as well of God, and be everlastingly saved: and this question is put by Christ, not as though he was ignorant, whether he believed in him or not; for he knew from the beginning, who would, and who would not believe in him: he that knew whether Peter loved him or not, knew whether this man believed in him or not; but this he said to draw forth the principle of faith, which was wrought in him, into act and exercise, and to direct it to its proper object. And this effect it had, as appears by what follows. 35-38. Jesus heard—that is, by intelligence brought Him.

that they had cast him out; and when he had found him—by accident? Not very likely. Sympathy in that breast could not long keep aloof from its object.

he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?—A question stretching purposely beyond his present attainments, in order the more quickly to lead him—in his present teachable frame—into the highest truth.9:35-38 Christ owns those who own him and his truth and ways. There is particular notice taken of such a suffer in the cause of Christ, and for the testimony of a good conscience. Our Lord Jesus graciously reveals himself to the man. Now he was made sensible what an unspeakable mercy it was, to be cured of his blindness, that he might see the Son of God. None but God is to be worshipped; so that in worshipping Jesus, he owned him to be God. All who believe in him, will worship him.
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