John 9:4
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New International Version
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

New Living Translation
We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.

English Standard Version
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.

New American Standard Bible
"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.

King James Bible
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work.

International Standard Version
I must do the work of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is approaching, when no one can work.

NET Bible
We must perform the deeds of the one who sent me as long as it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is fitting that I do the works of him who has sent me while it is day; the night is coming in which a man cannot work.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We must do what the one who sent me wants us to do while it is day. The night when no one can do anything is coming.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is expedient that I do the works of him that sent me while it is day; the night comes, when no one can work.

King James 2000 Bible
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

American King James Version
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

American Standard Version
We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I must work the works of him that sent me, whilst it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Darby Bible Translation
I must work the works of him that has sent me while it is day. [The] night is coming, when no one can work.

English Revised Version
We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Webster's Bible Translation
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.

Weymouth New Testament
We must do the works of Him who sent me while there is daylight. Night is coming on, when no one can work.

World English Bible
I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day. The night is coming, when no one can work.

Young's Literal Translation
it behoveth me to be working the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night doth come, when no one is able to work: --
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. And if we know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him. Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifest his works. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good. What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. And he that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many a good work for ever undone, Ec 11:4. Christ magnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind. Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's methods; he uses means and instruments that men despise. Those that would be healed by Christ must be ruled by him. He came back from the pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. This represents the benefits in attending on ordinances of Christ's appointment; souls go weak, and come away strengthened; go doubting, and come away satisfied; go mourning, and come away rejoicing; go blind, and come away seeing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day. The emendation of the text certainly throws much beauty into the statement. Christ identifies himself with his disciples. They are pledged by accepting his call, and he has been himself charged by his own sublime mission to work while it is called day. The sun was going down over the holy city on that sabbath day, and Jesus will not wait, nor lose the opportunity of doing the merciful will of the Father. He did not say, "Him that sent us" (as Tischendorf reads), for "As the Father had sent him, so he sent them." But he adds, The night cometh, when no man can work. The materialistic interpretation of Paulus, "Christ must have daylight for a delicate operation," is too puerile to deserve refutation. The suggestion of the Greek Fathers (Chrysostom, Theophylact, etc.), who here drew a distinction between the work of this world and the work of the future world, between work done before and after his Passion, representing the work of his earthly ministry as done in the day, and that of the Spirit as work done in the night, is singularly unfortunate. Our Lord is merely adopting the phrase as a customary image for life and death. Death puts an end to all human activity on earth, even to Christ's own, as a human Friend and Teacher. Numerous attempts have been made to suppose some emphatic contrast between the lifetime of Christ and the period that should follow his Passion. They all fail, because Christ's own activity resumes another form by his resurrection and the gift of his Spirit. The night of death, accompanied by the cessation of active labor, is the general idea. The day's work must be done in the day. The probation involved in the bare fact of its limitation, and in this case its rapidly approaching consummation, is the main thought, without pressing the imagery too far. By saying, "We must work," etc., he gave a lesson and an example for all time. The 'Pirke Aboth,' "The Sayings of the Fathers," record the words of R. Tryphon, "The day is short, and the task is great, and the workmen are sluggish, and the reward is much, and the Master of the house is urgent."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I must work the works of him that sent me,.... This shows, that the works of God, that were to be manifest, were to be done by Christ: many were the works which the Father gave him to do, and which he undertook to perform; and therefore there was a necessity of doing them, as principally the work of redemption, by fulfilling the law, and satisfying justice: and besides this, there were the preaching of the Gospel, and doing of miracles, and among these was this of giving sight to the blind, see Isaiah 35:5, both in a natural and spiritual sense: and with a view to this he speaks of the works he mast do,

while it is day; while the day of life lasts, for in the grave there is no work nor device:

the night cometh when no man can work; meaning the night of death, and of the grave, and suggesting his own death hereby, that he had but a little time to be in this world, and therefore would make the best use of it, to do the will and work of his Father that sent him; and which should be a pattern to us. This life is but short, it is but as the length of a day; a great deal of business is to be done; and death is hastening on, which will put a period to all working.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. I must work the works of him that sent me, &c.—a most interesting statement from the mouth of Christ; intimating, (1) that He had a precise work to do upon earth, with every particular of it arranged and laid out to Him; (2) that all He did upon earth was just "the works of God"—particularly "going about doing good," though not exclusively by miracles; (3) that each work had its precise time and place in His programme of instructions, so to speak; hence, (4) that as His period for work had definite termination, so by letting any one service pass by its allotted time, the whole would be disarranged, marred, and driven beyond its destined period for completion; (5) that He acted ever under the impulse of these considerations, as man—"the night cometh when no man (or no one) can work." What lessons are here for others, and what encouragement from such Example!

John 9:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind
3Jesus answered, "It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4"We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5"While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."…
Cross References
John 7:33
Jesus said, "I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me.

John 11:9
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light.

John 12:35
Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Treasury of Scripture

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.

must.

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

John 5:19,36 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, …

John 10:32,37 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; …

John 17:4 I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which …

Luke 13:32-34 And he said to them, Go you, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out …

Acts 4:20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.

while.

John 11:9,10 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man …

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

Isaiah 38:18,19 For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they …

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

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