John 9:3

“Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Iesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the workes of God should be made manifest in him.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Jesus answered, "{It was} neither {that} this man sinned, nor his parents; but {it was} so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Jesus answered, Neither did this man sin, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Jesus said in answer, It was not because of his sin, or because of his father's or mother's; it was so that the works of God might be seen openly in him.
- Basic English Bible

Jesus answered, Neither has this [man] sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be manifested in him.
- Darby Bible

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
- Webster's Bible

Neither he nor his parents sinned, answered Jesus, "but he was born blind in order that God's mercy might be openly shown in him.
- Weymouth Bible

Jesus answered, "Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.
- World English Bible

Jhesus answeride, Nether this man synnede, nether hise eldris; but that the werkis of God be schewid in hym.
- Wycliffe Bible

Jesus answered, `Neither did this one sin nor his parents, but that the works of God may be manifested in him;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 9:3


9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents - It was not the manner of our Lord to answer any questions that were of no use, but to gratify an idle curiosity. Therefore he determines nothing concerning this. The scope of his answer is, It was neither for any sins of his own, nor yet of his parents; but that the power of God might be displayed.


People's Bible Notes for John 9:3


Joh 9:3 Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents. Jesus does not affirm that they were sinless, but that their sins were not the cause of the calamity. We are not justified in asserting that the sufferer is a sinner. Job, Christ, Paul, and the whole army of martyrs disprove it. But that the works of God should be made manifest in him. By his miraculous cure the work of God shall be made manifest. It is the work of God to believe on Christ (Joh 6:29), and the blindness of this man was the occasion of faith being produced, not only in him, but others. Thus Christ shows a nobler use of suffering. "The Father chasteneth every son whom he loveth" (Heb 12:6).

Discussion for John 9

  • A disciple
    Hello Peter; It is interesting, and something to wonder about, that men are able to be indifferent to and deflect the spiritual and the truth working right in their midst! "...for flesh and blood has not not revealed it to you, but my Father in heaven." So the LORD is righteous who takes vengeance on the wickedness of men, because He KNOWS what we really are inwardly, and all have a conscience!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    Very interesting encounter with the blind man and the members of his community. In spite of all the miracles, many could not still see that Jesus is incarnate God. This is another prophecy fulfilled that His people will know Him not (Jeremiah 3: 20). Also see John 1: 11: He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
  • Jamie
    April- The very definition of God's grace is UNmerited favor... No matter how broken and sorry one could be, only believing Christ took one's place (God seeing Christ's past instead of one's own; Christ's righteousness instead of one's own works) brings salvation! Praise God :) "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift [no work can add] of God:"Eph
  • April
    I think of Amazing grace when I read this chapter, and it makes me wonder,if we say now we see, could we actually be blind?, for it takes every day commitment and understanding, to be sinless,I really dont know of one person in exsistence that is PERFECT, so Thank YESHUA for having grace and patience,I try and ask to help me be humble,and thank him for all I have in my life,I'm nothing without him
  • Bruce
    Dave: The blind man went to the pool to wash he was blind he didn't see Jesus. Read verse 6-7
  • Irene123
    David - not everyone learns at the same speed. God knows this for He created us. Jesus sought this man out because He knew this of him and also KNEW he would - believe - given just one more sentence of teaching.

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