John 9:28
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New International Version
Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!

King James Bible
Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

Darby Bible Translation
They railed at him, and said, Thou art his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

World English Bible
They insulted him and said, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.

Young's Literal Translation
They reviled him, therefore, and said, 'Thou art his disciple, and we are Moses' disciples;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Then they reviled him - Ελοιδορησαν. Eustathius derives λοιδορια from λογος, a word, and δορυ, a spear: - they spoke cutting, piercing words. Solomon talks of some who spoke like the piercings of a sword, Proverbs 12:18. And the psalmist speaks of words that are like drawn swords, Psalm 55:21, words which show that the person who speaks them has his heart full of murderous intentions; and that, if he had the same power with a sword as he has with his tongue, he would destroy him whom he thus reproaches.

We are Moses' disciples - By this they meant that they were genuine Pharisees; for they did not allow the Sadducees to be disciples of Moses.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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 7:47-52 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are you also deceived...

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

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

1 Corinthians 4:12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judges righteously:


John 5:45-47 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuses you, even Moses, in whom you trust...

John 7:19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why go you about to kill me?

Acts 6:11-14 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God...

Romans 2:17 Behold, you are called a Jew, and rest in the law, and make your boast of God,

June 13 Evening
Dost thou believe on the Son of God?--JOHN 9:35. Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? The brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.--The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.--I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path

One Metaphor and Two Meanings
'I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh when no man can work.'--JOHN ix. 4. 'The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.'--ROMANS xiii. 12. The contrast between these two sayings will strike you at once. Using the same metaphors, they apply them in exactly opposite directions. In the one, life is the day, and the state beyond death the night; in the other, life is the night,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Healing of the Man Born Blind.
After the scene in the Temple described in the last chapter, and Christ's consequent withdrawal from His enemies, we can scarcely suppose any other great event to have taken place on that day within or near the precincts of the Sanctuary. And yet, from the close connection of the narratives, we are led to infer that no long interval of time can have elapsed before the healing of the man born blind. [4116] Probably it happened the day after the events just recorded. We know that it was a Sabbath,
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

The Doctrine of Christ.
2 John 9-11. "WHOSOEVER transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 9-11). What then is the doctrine of Christ? It is the revealed truth concerning the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the Son
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Cross References
Matthew 27:39
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

John 5:45
"But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.

Romans 2:17
Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God;

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