John 9:22
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English Standard Version
(His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)

King James Bible
These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

American Standard Version
These things said his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Douay-Rheims Bible
These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

English Revised Version
These things said his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Webster's Bible Translation
These words his parents spoke, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man confessed that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

Weymouth New Testament
Such was their answer, because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already settled among themselves that if any one should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ, he should be excluded from the synagogue.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Had agreed - that (συνετέθειντο - ἵνα)

The sense is, had formed an agreement in order to bring about this end, viz., that the confessor of Christ should be excommunicated.

Confess (ὁμολογήσῃ)

See on Matthew 7:23; see on Matthew 10:32.

He should be put out of the synagogue (ἀποσυνάγωγος)

The literal rendering cannot be neatly given, as there is no English adjective corresponding to ἀποσυνάγωγος, which means excluded from the synagogue: as nearly as possible - that He should become banished from the synagogue. The adjective occurs only in John's Gospel - here, John 12:42; John 16:2. Three kinds of excommunication were recognized, of which only the third was the real cutting off, the other two being disciplinary. The first, and lightest, was called rebuke, and lasted from seven to thirty days. The second was called thrusting out, and lasted for thirty days at least, followed by a "second admonition," which lasted for thirty days more. This could only be pronounced in an assembly of ten. It was accompanied by curses, and sometimes proclaimed with the blast of the horn. The excommunicated person would not be admitted into any assembly of ten men, nor to public prayer. People would keep at the distance of four cubits from him, as if he were a leper. Stones were to be cast on his coffin when dead, and mourning for him was forbidden. If all else failed, the third, or real excommunication was pronounced, the duration of which was indefinite. The man was to be as one dead. No intercourse was to be held with him; one must not show him the road, and though he might buy the necessaries of life, it was forbidden to eat and drink with him. These severer forms appear to have been of later introduction, so that the penalty which the blind man's parents feared was probably separation from all religious fellowship, and from ordinary intercourse of life for perhaps thirty days.

John 9:22 Parallel Commentaries

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because.

John 7:13 However, no man spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

John 12:42,43 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him...

John 19:38 And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews...

John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week...

Psalm 27:1,2 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid...

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Isaiah 51:7,12 Listen to me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear you not the reproach of men...

Isaiah 57:11 And of whom have you been afraid or feared, that you have lied, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart?...

Luke 12:4-9 And I say to you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do...

Luke 22:56-61 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked on him, and said, This man was also with him...

Acts 5:13 And of the rest dared no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.

Galatians 2:11-13 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed...

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters...

he should.

John 9:34 They answered and said to him, You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us? And they cast him out.

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him...

John 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yes, the time comes, that whoever kills you will think that he does God service.

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you...

Acts 4:18 And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.

Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them...

Cross References
Luke 6:22
"Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!

John 1:19
And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"

John 7:13
Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

John 7:45
The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, "Why did you not bring him?"

John 9:18
The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight

John 9:21
But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself."

John 9:34
They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.

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