John 9:41
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New International Version
Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

New Living Translation
"If you were blind, you wouldn't be guilty," Jesus replied. "But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.

English Standard Version
Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.

New American Standard Bible
Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.

King James Bible
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"If you were blind," Jesus told them, "you wouldn't have sin. But now that you say, We see--your sin remains.

International Standard Version
Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you would not have any sin. But now that you insist, 'We see,' your sin still exists."

NET Bible
Jesus replied, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, but now because you claim that you can see, your guilt remains."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin, but now you say, 'We see.' Because of this, your sin stands.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jesus told them, "If you were blind, you wouldn't be sinners. But now you say, 'We see,' so you continue to be sinners.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin; but now because ye say, We see, therefore your sin abides.

King James 2000 Bible
Jesus said unto them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

American King James Version
Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

American Standard Version
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye would have no sin: but now ye say, We see: your sin remaineth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Jesus said to them: If you were blind, you should not have sin: but now you say: We see. Your sin remaineth.

Darby Bible Translation
Jesus said to them, If ye were blind ye would not have sin; but now ye say, We see, your sin remains.

English Revised Version
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye would have no sin: but now ye say, We see: your sin remaineth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Jesus said to them, If ye were blind, ye would have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Weymouth New Testament
"If you were blind," answered Jesus, "you would have no sin; but as a matter of fact you boast that you see. So your sin remains!"

World English Bible
Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, 'We see.' Therefore your sin remains.

Young's Literal Translation
Jesus said to them, 'If ye were blind, ye were not having had sin, but now ye say -- We see, therefore doth your sin remain.
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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

Verse 41. - The reply of our Lord is not meant to be a crushing and final retort, condemning them to hopeless night, but was obviously intended to show them that they are not yet free from sin, that they are only partially appreciating the light which shines upon them. If ye were blind - incapable of sight; if ye had all along been deprived of the faculty of perceiving the true Light that shineth in the darkness (a condition of things which would have emancipated them from responsibility, and which Christ would not admit to be the case); perhaps more, if ye had been utterly blind to the light which is shining upon you now, which, however, is not true - ye would not have sin. This is akin to the solemn language of John 15:22-24. They did not themselves admit that there was any congenital blindness about them. They did not pretend or expect to ride off on such a πρόφασις, such an excuse. Could they be, judicially or naturally, blind? The very idea was an absurdity, and so Jesus added, But now ye say, We see. You even boast that you are "instructors of the ignorant, and leaders of the blind; a light to those who sit in darkness, having the form of knowledge and truth in the Law" (Romans 2:17-21). You are the very opposite of the "not-seeing" (μὴ βλέποντες); you are self-satisfied; you will not come to the Light. What is the issue? The Lord seems to pause before his answer (the οϋν, "therefore," is rejected by the best manuscripts and critics): Your sin abideth; or, remaineth. It will remain until you fully admit the great principle and reason, the motive and characteristics, of my mission. The very facility you profess, the intimacy you claim with the Law and its founder, and your partial knowledge of my claim, take away your excuse. The discourse which follows shows how entire must be the submission to Christ, how complete the union with him, of those who say, "We see."





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Jesus said unto them, if ye were blind,.... And sensible of it, and knew yourselves to be blind, and were desirous of light and knowledge,

ye would have no sin: or your sin would not be so aggravated; it would not be imputed to you; it would be pardoned and taken away from you: for the sense cannot be, that their blindness would not have been criminal, or they should have no sin in them, or any done by them; only, that had this been barely their case, there would have been some hope of them, that their sin might be forgiven, and put away, and be no more; see 1 Timothy 1:13;

but now ye say we see; they thought themselves to be wise and knowing, and stood in no need of any illumination from him, but were obstinate and hardened in their infidelity, and wilfully opposed and shut their eyes against all the light and evidence of truth:

therefore your sin remaineth; untaken away, yea, immoveable, or unpardonable; the guilt of it abode upon them; nor was there any hope of its being removed from them; owning that they saw, and yet believed not: sinning wilfully against light and knowledge in rejecting Jesus, as the Messiah, they sinned the sin against the Holy Ghost, which is never forgiven. And so the Ethiopic version renders it, "your error shall not be forgiven you"; see Matthew 12:32.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

41. If ye were blind—wanted light to discern My claims, and only waited to receive it.

ye should have no sin—none of the guilt of shutting out the light.

ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth—Your claim to possess light, while rejecting Me, is that which seals you up in the guilt of unbelief.

John 9:41 Additional Commentaries
Context
Spiritual Sight and Blindness
40Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, "We are not blind too, are we?" 41Jesus said to them, "If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, 'We see,' your sin remains.
Cross References
Proverbs 26:12
Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.

John 15:22
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.

John 15:24
If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

James 4:17
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them.
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Jesus said to them, If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

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John 15:22-24 If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin: but now …

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

Isaiah 5:21 Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Jeremiah 2:35 Yet you say, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from …

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, …

Luke 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than …

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

1 John 1:8-10 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth …

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