John 9:31
New International Version
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

New Living Translation
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will.

English Standard Version
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

Berean Study Bible
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will.

Berean Literal Bible
We know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

New American Standard Bible
"We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.

King James Bible
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Christian Standard Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does his will, he listens to him.

Contemporary English Version
We know that God listens only to people who love and obey him. God doesn't listen to sinners.

Good News Translation
We know that God does not listen to sinners; he does listen to people who respect him and do what he wants them to do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He listens to him.

International Standard Version
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but he does listen to anyone who worships him and does his will.

NET Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is devout and does his will, God listens to him.

New Heart English Bible
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“But we know that God does not listen to the voice of a sinner, but listens to whoever worships him and does his will.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners. Instead, he listens to people who are devout and who do what he wants.

New American Standard 1977
“We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing, and does His will, He hears him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now we know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone should fear God and do his will, him he will hear.

King James 2000 Bible
Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

American King James Version
Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

American Standard Version
We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we know that God doth not hear sinners: but if a man be a server of God, and doth his will, him he heareth.

Darby Bible Translation
[But] we know that God does not hear sinners; but if any one be God-fearing and do his will, him he hears.

English Revised Version
We know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and do his will, him he heareth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man is a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Weymouth New Testament
We know that God does not listen to bad people, but that if any one is a God-fearing man and obeys Him, to him He listens.

World English Bible
We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God, and does his will, he listens to him.

Young's Literal Translation
and we have known that God doth not hear sinners, but, if any one may be a worshipper of God, and may do His will, him He doth hear;
Study Bible
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
30“That is remarkable indeed!” the man said. “You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but He does listen to the one who worships Him and does His will. 32Never before has anyone heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 1:45
And you returned and wept before the LORD, but He would not listen to your voice or give ear to you.

Job 27:8
For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?

Job 35:13
Surely God does not listen to empty pleas, and the Almighty does not take note of it.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry.

Psalm 66:18
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

Psalm 145:19
He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9
Whoever turns his ear away from hearing the law, even his prayer is detestable.

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you multiply your prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.

John 9:30
"That is remarkable indeed!" the man said. "You do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.

John 9:32
Never before has anyone heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

John 11:22
But even now I know that God will give You whatever You ask Him."

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.

1 John 3:22
and we will receive from Him whatever we ask, because we keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight.

Treasury of Scripture

Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and does his will, him he hears.

we know.

Job 27:8,9
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? …

Job 35:12
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.

Job 42:8
Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

if any.

Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Proverbs 15:29
The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

and doeth.

John 4:34
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

John 7:17
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

John 15:16
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

him.

John 11:41,42
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me…

Genesis 18:23-33
And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? …

Genesis 19:29
And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.







Lexicon
We know
οἴδαμεν (oidamen)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

God
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

does not listen to
ἀκούει (akouei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

sinners,
ἁμαρτωλῶν (hamartōlōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 268: Sinning, sinful, depraved, detestable. From hamartano; sinful, i.e. A sinner.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

He does listen to
ἀκούει (akouei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 191: To hear, listen, comprehend by hearing; pass: is heard, reported. A primary verb; to hear.

the
τούτου (toutou)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

one who
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

worships [Him]
θεοσεβὴς (theosebēs)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2318: Devout, pious, God-fearing. From theos and sebomai; reverent of God, i.e. Pious.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

does
ποιῇ (poiē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

will.
θέλημα (thelēma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2307: An act of will, will; plur: wishes, desires. From the prolonged form of ethelo; a determination, i.e. choice or inclination.
(31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners.--What they should have known, but asserted that they did not, he proceeds to declare. The argument of this and the two following verses may be stated in syllogistic form, thus:--(1) God heareth not sinners, but only those who worship Him and do His will. (2) That God heareth this Man is certain, for such a miracle could be performed only by divine power. (3) This Man, therefore, is not a sinner, but is from God.

He assumes as a general truth, which all accepted, that God heareth not sinners. This is based upon numerous passages in the Old Testament Scriptures--e.g., Isaiah 1:11-15; Psalm 66:18; Psalm 109:7; Proverbs 15:8; Proverbs 15:29; Job 27:9; Job 35:13. We are, of course, to understand the word "sinner" in the sense in which they had used it in John 9:16; John 9:24. They had said that they knew this Man to be a sinner, and they meant one who was a sinner in a darker sense than that in which the word may be applied to all men. He asserts, as a truth which agrees with the whole teaching of the Old Testament, and with all the religious instincts of men, that there would be no communion between such a man and heaven. Such a one could not be commissioned as a prophet, or so heard in heaven as to have power to work miracles on earth. (Comp. Notes on John 11:41-42, and Acts 3:12.) Men have sometimes taken the words altogether apart from their context, and read into them a dark meaning which they cannot be rightly made to bear. Neither these words, nor any words of God, assign any limit to the divine grace, which extendeth to every penitent sinner; nor is there any voice of any child of man lifted to heaven, which is not heard by the Father who is in heaven.

It has often been noted here that the words are spoken by one whose authority does not make them binding upon us; but it is clear that they were accepted. as a general truth. We need no other explanation if we bear in mind the special sense which is here attached to the word "sinner."

Verse 31. - We know - the new-born disputant takes up the language of these proud casuists, and adopts the technical phrase which they had used (vers. 24, 29) - we know, you and I, that God heareth not sinners in any special sense of miraculous approval (Job 27:9; Job 35:13; Psalm 109:7; and especially Psalm 66:18, 19; Proverbs 15:29; Isaiah 1:15). One aspect of Old Testament teaching shows that a man must delight himself in the Lord in order to receive the desires of his heart. If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us; but the prayer of the sinner, the desire of the wicked, is contrary to the will of' God. When the sinner turns from his sins to the Lord, the cry for mercy is in harmony with the will of God. In one sense every prayer is the prayer of sinful men; but it is the Divine life working within them that offers acceptable prayer. The prayer of the sinner as such is not heard. We know God does not listen to the cry of sinners, when, as sinners, they ask from the ground of their sin, to secure their own sinful purpose; but if any man be a worshipper of God (the word Θεοσεβής is an ἅπαξ λεγόμενον, and occurs nowhere else in the New Testament), and doeth his (God's) will, this man he heareth. The blind beggar has learned the deepest truth of the Divine revelation about the conditions of acceptable prayer. The immediate application was the miraculous unwonted event as answer to the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man (see James 5:16-18). So much for the general relation of this Healer to God. The rabbis were never tired of urging that the "answers to prayer depended on a man being devout and doing the will of God" (Edersheim, who quotes 'Ber.,' 6, b; 'Taanith,' 3:8; 'Succah,' 14, a; 'Yoma,' 28, a). So that the man was here fighting with drawn sword. 9:24-34 As Christ's mercies are most valued by those who have felt the want of them, that have been blind, and now see; so the most powerful and lasting affections to Christ, arise from actual knowledge of him. In the work of grace in the soul, though we cannot tell when, and how, and by what steps the blessed change was wrought, yet we may take the comfort, if we can say, through grace, Whereas I was blind, now I see. I did live a worldly, sensual life, but, thanks be to God, it is now otherwise with me, Eph 5:8. The unbelief of those who enjoy the means of knowledge and conviction, is indeed marvellous. All who have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder at the wilfulness of others who reject him. He argues strongly against them, not only that Jesus was not a sinner, but that he was of God. We may each of us know by this, whether we are of God or not. What do we? What do we for God? What do we for our souls? What do we more than others?
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