John 9:39
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New International Version
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

New Living Translation
Then Jesus told him, "I entered this world to render judgment--to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind."

English Standard Version
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

New American Standard Bible
And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."

King James Bible
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind."

International Standard Version
Then Jesus said, "I have come into this world to judge it, so that those who are blind may see and so that those who see may become blind."

NET Bible
Jesus said,] "For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, and the ones who see may become blind."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua said, “For the judgment of this world I have come, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Jesus said, "I have come into this world to judge: Blind people will be given sight, and those who can see will become blind."

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jesus said, For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see might see and that those who see might be blinded.

King James 2000 Bible
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they who see not might see; and that they who see might be made blind.

American King James Version
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

American Standard Version
And Jesus said, For judgment came I into this world, that they that see not may see; and that they that see may become blind.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jesus said: For judgment I am come into this world; that they who see not, may see; and they who see, may become blind.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jesus said, For judgment am I come into this world, that they which see not may see, and they which see may become blind.

English Revised Version
And Jesus said, For judgment came I into this world, that they which see not may see; and that they which see may become blind.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they who see not, may see; and that they who see, may be made blind.

Weymouth New Testament
"I came into this world," said Jesus, "to judge men, that those who do not see may see, and that those who do see may become blind."

World English Bible
Jesus said, "I came into this world for judgment, that those who don't see may see; and that those who see may become blind."

Young's Literal Translation
And Jesus said, 'For judgment I to this world did come, that those not seeing may see, and those seeing may become blind.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:39-41 Christ came into the world to give sight to those who were spiritually blind. Also, that those who see might be made blind; that those who have a high conceit of their own wisdom, might be sealed up in ignorance. The preaching of the cross was thought to be folly by such as by carnal wisdom knew not God. Nothing fortifies men's corrupt hearts against the convictions of the word, more than the high opinion which others have of them; as if all that gained applause with men, must obtain acceptance with God. Christ silenced them. But the sin of the self-conceited and self-confident remains; they reject the gospel of grace, therefore the guilt of their sin remains unpardoned, and the power of their sin remains unbroken.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 39-41. - (b) The blindness of those who are satisfied with their twilight. Verse 39. - The sight of the man, enlightened and prostrate in adoring gratitude, led Jesus, in the face of the bystanders, with Pharisees among them (ver. 40), to declare the general effects which would follow from his entire self-manifestation (so Meyer, Godet). Westcott says, "Not to any one or group, but as interpreting the scene before him." A sublime monologue. And Jesus said, I came for judgment. Not κρισιν, to execute judgment, but εἰς κρίμα, with a view to bring about a judicial decision on the moral condition of mankind (see notes on John 3:17, 18; 5:22, 23; 8:11, 15, 16) as a matter of fact. "This is the κρίσις, that men love darkness rather than light." Christ came to save - that was his supreme purpose; but to the Son is given the whole κρίσις, and κρῖμα will follow the revelation of the Son of God. He is the Touchstone of humanity. What men think of Christ is the question which decides in every age their moral condition before God. Into this world of sin and strife, of crossing lights and strange delusions, of ignorance and superstition (εἰς τὸν κόσμον is different when τοῦτον is added; see John 8:23; John 11:9; John 12:25, 31; John 13:1; John 16:11; John 18:36) - not the world as the mere cosmos, or the sphere of creative activity, nor even the whole of humanity as John 3:16, but humanity viewed in its separation from grace, and in all its need - in order that they who see not might see; i.e. not those who merely feel that they cannot see (as Lucke, Meyer, etc.), but the practically blind - the μὴ βλέποντες, those who are sitting in darkness, with the capacity for sight, but not the opportunity; who cannot, as a matter of fact, apart from the revelation of new light, see the face of God; the babes to whom the Lord of heaven and earth has been pleased to unveil himself (see Matthew 11:25); the poor in spirit, who do not but now may see the kingdom, and the pure in heart ready to behold their God. So far the κρῖμα declares itself to be a blessed consummation - sight to the blind, cleansing to the leper, life to the dead. Even the man born blind suns himself in the heaven of the Savior's smile. The Light of the world shines upon them, and they see. But Christ's coming brings out also the character of those, and pronounces judgment on those, who say of themselves, "We see;" "We have never been in bondage," "We need no repentance;" "Abraham is our father;" "We know the Law;" "Who (nevertheless) do not come to the Light;" who are not "of the truth;" and the beaming of his unappreciated glory involves in their case, that those who see might become blind (τυφλοί), incapable of seeing. Those who have the knowledge of the Law, "the wise and prudent" (Luke 10:21), who boast their freedom, their knowledge, their advantages, their profession, may, nay do, by resolute turning away from "the Light of this world," lose their power of spiritual vision. But the unsophisticated, needy, even the publicans and harlots, consciously sitting in the region of the shadow of death, do by faith and repentance find that the great Light has unawares shone upon them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Jesus said, for judgment I am come into this world,.... The Syriac version reads, "for the judgment of this world I am come"; and with which agrees the Ethiopic version, "for the judgment of the world I am come into the world"; and the Arabic and Persic versions still more expressly, "to judge this world", or "the world, am I come"; which seems contrary to what Christ elsewhere says, John 3:17. Nor is the sense of the words that Christ came by the judgment of God, or the order of divine providence, or to administer justice in the government of the world, in a providential way, or to distinguish his own people from others, though all these are true; but either to fulfil the purpose and decree of God in revealing truth to some, and hiding it from others; or in a way of judgment to inflict judicial blindness on some, whilst in a way of mercy he illuminated others. So Nonnus interprets it of , a twofold "judgment", which is different the one from the other.

That they which see not, might see; meaning, not so much corporeally as spiritually, since in the opposite clause corporeal blindness can have no place; for though Christ restored bodily sight to many, he never took it away from any person. The sense is, that Christ came as a light into the world, that those who are in the darkness of sin, ignorance, and unbelief, and who are sensible of the same, and desire spiritual illuminations, as this man did, might see what they are by nature, what need they stand in of him, and what fulness of grace, life, righteousness, and salvation, there is in him for them.

And that they which see might be made blind; that such who are wise and knowing in their own conceit, who fancy themselves to have great light and knowledge, to have the key of knowledge, and to have the true understanding of divine things, and to be guides of the blind, such as the Scribes and Pharisees, might be given up to judicial blindness and hardness of heart, so as to shut their eyes, and harden their hearts against the Gospel, and the truths of it, and which was in judgment to them: such different effects Christ and his Gospel have, as to illuminate and soften some, and blind and harden others; just as some creatures, as bats and owls, are blinded by the sun, whilst others see clearly by the light of it; and as that also has these different effects to soften the wax, and harden the clay; see Isaiah 6:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

39-41. Jesus said—perhaps at the same time, but after a crowd, including some of the skeptical and scornful rulers, had, on seeing Jesus talking with the healed youth, hastened to the spot.

that they which see not might see, &c.—rising to that sight of which the natural vision communicated to the youth was but the symbol. (See on [1818]Joh 9:5, and compare Lu 4:18).

that they which see might be made blind—judicially incapable of apprehending and receiving the truth, to which they have wilfully shut their eyes.

John 9:39 Additional Commentaries
Context
Spiritual Sight and Blindness
38And he said, "Lord, I believe." And he worshiped Him. 39And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind." 40Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, "We are not blind too, are we?"…
Cross References
Ezekiel 12:2
"Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.

Matthew 13:13
This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

Matthew 15:14
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."

Luke 4:18
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,

John 3:19
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

John 5:22
Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,

John 5:27
And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

John 12:31
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

2 Corinthians 2:16
To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
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And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

For.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but …

John 5:22-27 For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son…

John 8:15 You judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

Jeremiah 1:9,10 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD …

Luke 2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother, Behold, this …

Luke 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first …

2 Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the smell of death to death; and to the other the …

that they.

John 9:25,36-38 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes on me should …

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

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, …

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

Luke 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

might be.

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

John 12:40,41 He has blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should …

Isaiah 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and …

Isaiah 42:18-20 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see…

Isaiah 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he has shut their eyes, that …

Matthew 6:23 But if your eye be evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. …

Matthew 13:13-15 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; …

Luke 11:34,35 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, …

Romans 11:7-10 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the …

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …

1 John 2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, …

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