Jesus Heals a Blind Man’s Eyes in the Pool of Siloam
(1) While Jesus was walking away from the temple, he saw a man who was blind from birth. (2) His disciples asked Jesus, “Teacher (Rabbi), why was this man born blind? Was it because of his sins or the sins of his parents?” (3) Jesus said, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that the acts of God would be seen in what happens to him.
(4) “While it is still day, we must do the work of him who sent me into this world. The darkness of night is coming, when no one can do works. (5) As long as I am in this world, I am the light of the world!”
(6) After saying this, Jesus spit on the ground, made mud with his saliva, and smeared it on the blind man’s eyes. (7) Jesus said to him, “Go, wash the mud from your eyes in the Pool of Siloam,” which means “Sent.” (The Pool of Siloam was located southeast of the temple complex). So the man went and washed the mud off his eyes, and he went to his home seeing.
(8) His neighbors and those who knew him as a blind man said, “Look! Isn’t this the blind beggar?” (9) Some said he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But the healed blind man kept insisting, “I am the man!” (10) They asked him, “How can you now see?” (11) He said to them, “The man called Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go wash my eyes in the Pool of Siloam. So I went and after I washed my eyes, then I could see.” (12) They asked, “Where is this Jesus?” The man said, “I don’t know.”
Jewish Religious Leaders Question the Healed Man
(13) They took the man who was once blind to the Pharisees (probably at a Jerusalem synagogue). (14) Now it was on the Sabbath day that Jesus had the man make mud and healed his eyes. (15) Therefore the Pharisees asked the man how he had received his sight. The man said, “Jesus put mud on my eyes, and after I washed my eyes, then I could see.” (16) Some of the Pharisees said, “This Jesus is not from God, because he violated the Sabbath day.” But others said, “How can a sinner do these miracles?” (17) Then they turned again to the man and asked, “Since it was your eyes that were healed, what do you think about this man Jesus?” The man said, “He is a prophet!”
(18) They still would not believe that the man was born blind and that his eyes were healed, so they sent for his parents. (19) They asked his parents, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? How can he now see?” (20) His parents said, “Yes, this is our son, and he was born blind. (21) But we don’t know how he can now see, nor who it was that healed him. Ask him; he is an adult, he can speak for himself.” (22) His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders, who had already said that anyone who believed that Jesus was the Messiah (Christ) would be put out of the synagogue. (23) That is why his parents told the religious leaders to ask their son.
(24) Now a second time, the religious leaders called for the man born blind and they told him, “Give all the glory to God by telling the truth, because we know that this Jesus is a sinner.” (25) The man said, “I don’t know whether he is a sinner or not, but one thing I do know: I was once blind, and now I see!” (26) Then the religious leaders asked him again, “What did this man Jesus do to you? How did he heal your eyes?” (27) The man said, “I have told you already, but you refuse to listen. Why do you want me to tell you over and over again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
(28) Then the religious leaders heaped insults on him, saying, “You are this man’s disciple! But we are disciples of Moses! (29) We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we don’t even know where he comes from.” (30) The man said, “Now I am amazed! He healed my eyes, and you say you don’t know where he comes from? (31) We all know that God does not listen to sinners. He only listens to those who worship him and do his will. (32) Nobody has ever heard of someone who heals the eyes of a man born blind. (33) If this Jesus did not come from God, he could not do anything.” (34) The religious leaders said, “You were completely steeped in sin at birth! How dare you lecture us?” And they threw the man out of the synagogue.
Healed Blind Man Believes in Jesus
(35) Jesus heard that the Jewish religious leaders had thrown the healed blind man out of the synagogue. When he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14)?” (36) The man said, “Sir, who is he? Tell me so that I can believe in him.” (37) Jesus said, “You are now looking at him; he is the one speaking with you.” (38) Then the man said, “Lord, I believe in you,” and he worshiped Jesus.
(39) Jesus said to him, “I came into this world to bring judgment, so that the blind will see, and those who see will become blind.” (40) Some Pharisees who were with him heard Jesus say this and asked him, “What? Are you saying that we are blind?” (41) Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but since you claim you can see, you remain guilty in your sins.”