John 9:40
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New International Version
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

New Living Translation
Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, "Are you saying we're blind?"

English Standard Version
Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?”

Berean Study Bible
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, "Are we blind too?"

Berean Literal Bible
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, and they said to Him, "Are we also blind?"

New American Standard Bible
Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, "We are not blind too, are we?"

King James Bible
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and asked Him, "We aren't blind too, are we?"

International Standard Version
Some of the Pharisees who were near him overheard this and asked him, "We aren't blind, too, are we?"

NET Bible
Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and asked him, "We are not blind too, are we?"

New Heart English Bible
Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those of the Pharisees who had been with him heard these things and they said to him, “Are we also blind?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some Pharisees who were with Jesus heard this. So they asked him, "Do you think we're blind?"

New American Standard 1977
Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things, and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words and said unto him, Are we blind also?

King James 2000 Bible
And some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

American King James Version
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also?

American Standard Version
Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said unto him, Are we also blind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And some of the Pharisees, who were with him, heard: and they said unto him: Are we also blind?

Darby Bible Translation
And [some] of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and they said to him, Are we blind also?

English Revised Version
Those of the Pharisees which were with him heard these things, and said unto him, Are we also blind?

Webster's Bible Translation
And some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also?

Weymouth New Testament
These words were heard by those of the Pharisees who were present, and they asked Him, "Are *we* also blind?"

World English Bible
Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him, "Are we also blind?"

Young's Literal Translation
And those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and they said to him, 'Are we also blind?'
Study Bible
Spiritual Blindness
39Then Jesus declared, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 41“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”…
Cross References
Romans 2:19
if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those in darkness,

John 9:41
"If you were blind," Jesus replied, "you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains."
Treasury of Scripture

And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also?

Are.

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Matthew 23:16 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

Romans 2:19-22 And are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light …

Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need …

(40) And some of the Pharisees which were with him.--The words in the preceding verse are not addressed specially to any one. The Pharisees would be still watching our Lord, and some had probably followed the beggar, expecting that our Lord would seek him, and hoping that the interview might furnish some ground for a fresh charge against one or both of them. It is the presence of mental conditions such as theirs and such as his that has brought again to our Lord's thoughts the judicial result of His manifestation, and this rises to His lips as an utterance of the solemn thought that fills His mind. The Pharisees hear this exclamation, and apply to themselves that which their own state suggested; but which was expressed as, and is, a wide law, holding true for all mankind.

Are we blind also?--They misunderstand His words, for He has asserted of the blind ("they which see not") that the result of His coming is "that they might see." But yet they do not understand the words in a physical sense, in which they could have had no application to themselves. Care is required to catch the force of the term in these three verses, and it may be well to distinguish again the meanings attached to the word blind. It is used (1) for physical blindness. This has been its meaning throughout the chapter. It suggests the imagery in these verses, but is not itself present in the thought which is of spiritual, blindness only. (2) For conscious spiritual blindness ("they which see not," "they which think they see not"), which is really the first step to spiritual sight. (3) For unconscious spiritual blindness ("they which see," "they which think they see"), which is really the first step to a total loss of spiritual perception.

Verse 40. - Those of the Pharisees who were with him. This expression does not simply mean who were near him at that moment, but who were to a certain extent siding with him (John 8:30, 31), while criticizing and rejecting his message; who were incensed with him for promising to them "freedom" and sonship, and whose faith in his claims was of the most superficial and vacillating kind. These wavering, self-satisfied Pharisees heard these things, and they said to him, Are we blind also? Many commentators, who call attention to the contrast between the τυφλοί and μή βλέποντες of ver. 39, think that the speakers who made use of this word did not draw the distinction, and meant nothing more than their use μὴ βλέποντες by of τυφλοί. But this is unsatisfactory; whatever it 'means in the one clause, it ought to mean in the other. There is a difference between "becoming blind," and being "the blind." They ask whether they are blind also, i.e. as blind as those who have, according to Christ's own dictum, become so. They seem to admit that some who have the power of sight have been blinded by the very light that shines upon them, but they are in doubt with reference to their own case. And some of the Pharisees which were with him,.... Who had followed him, and were watching him, and observing what he said and did, in order to take all advantages, and every opportunity against him, they could,

heard these words, and said unto him, are we blind also? they perceived he pointed at them, and therefore with indignation ask this question, taking it as a great affront unto them, to put such wise, learned, and knowing men as they in company with the ignorant and unlearned common people; see Isaiah 42:19. 40. Are we blind also?—We, the constituted, recognized guides of the people in spiritual things? pride and rage prompting the question.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.
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