New American Standard Bible
A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
King James Bible
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
Darby Bible Translation
But there was a certain man there who had been suffering under his infirmity thirty and eight years.
World English Bible
A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.
Young's Literal Translation
and there was a certain man there being in ailment thirty and eight years,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
An infirmity - A weakness. We know not what his disease was. We know only that it disabled him from walking, and that it was of very long standing. It was doubtless regarded as incurable.
LibraryJuly 2 Evening
[Jesus] prayed the third time, saying the same words.--MATT. 26:44. Who in the days of his flesh . . . offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.--Continuing instant in prayer.--Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication.--By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
February 27 Morning
July the Twenty-Seventh the Work of Faith
September the Twenty-Ninth the Fountain
for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?"
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