Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7“Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
12“Where is this man?” they asked him.
“I don’t know,” he said.
The Pharisees Investigate the Healing
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
17Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
18They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
20“We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
25He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
26Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
28Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36“Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”
37Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”
38Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
39Jesus said,9:38,39 Some early manuscripts do not have Then the man said… 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Yesu Amponya Mtu Aliyezaliwa Kipofu
19:1 Mdo 3:2; 14:8Yesu alipokuwa akipita, akamwona mtu aliyekuwa kipofu tangu kuzaliwa. 29:2 Lk 13:2; Mdo 28:4; Eze 18:20; Kut 20:5; Ay 21:19Wanafunzi wake wakamuuliza, “Rabi, ni nani aliyetenda dhambi, ni huyu mtu au wazazi wake hata azaliwe kipofu?”
39:3 Yn 11:14Yesu akawajibu, “Huyu mtu wala wazazi wake hawakutenda dhambi. Alizaliwa kipofu ili kazi za Mungu zidhihirishwe katika maisha yake. 49:4 Yn 1:9; 12:35Yanipasa kuzifanya kazi zake yeye aliyenituma wakati bado ni mchana, kwa kuwa usiku waja ambapo hakuna mtu awezaye kufanya kazi. 59:5 Yn 8:12Wakati niko ulimwenguni, mimi ni nuru ya ulimwengu.”
69:6 Mk 7:33; 8:23Baada ya kusema haya, akatema mate ardhini, akatengeneza tope kwa mate na kumpaka yule mtu kipofu machoni. 79:7 2Fal 5:10; Lk 13:4; Isa 35:5; Yn 11:37Kisha akamwambia, “Nenda ukanawe katika bwawa la Siloamu.” (Siloamu, maana yake ni aliyetumwa.) Ndipo yule kipofu akaenda, akanawa, naye akarudi akiwa anaona.
89:8 Mdo 3:2-10Majirani zake na wale wote waliokuwa wamemwona hapo awali akiombaomba wakaanza kuuliza, “Je, huyu si yule aliyekuwa akiketi akiombaomba?” 9Wengine wakasema, “Ndiye.”
Wengine wakasema, “Siye, bali wamefanana.”
Lakini yeye akawaambia, “Mimi ndiye.”
10Wakamuuliza, “Basi macho yako yalifumbuliwaje?”
119:11 Yn 9:6, 7Yeye akawajibu, “Yule mtu aitwaye Yesu alitengeneza tope, akanipaka machoni mwangu, naye akaniambia nenda ukanawe katika Bwawa la Siloamu, ndipo nikanawa nami nikapata kuona!”
12Wale wakamuuliza, “Yeye huyo mtu yuko wapi?”
Mafarisayo Wachunguza Kuponywa Kwa Kipofu
13Wakamleta kwa Mafarisayo yule mtu aliyekuwa kipofu hapo awali. 149:14 Mt 12:1-14; Yn 5:9Basi siku hiyo Yesu alipotengeneza tope na kuyafungua macho ya huyo mtu ilikuwa Sabato. 15Mafarisayo nao wakaanza kumuuliza alivyopata kuponywa. Naye akawaambia, “Alinipaka tope kwenye macho yangu, nikanawa na sasa ninaona.”
169:16 Mt 12:2; Yn 7:43; 10:19Baadhi ya Mafarisayo wakasema, “Huyu mtu hatoki kwa Mungu, kwa sababu hashiki Sabato.”
Lakini wengine wakasema, “Awezaje mtu mwenye dhambi kufanya miujiza kama hii?” Wakagawanyika.
179:17 Mt 21:11; Yn 4:19Hivyo wakamwambia tena yule mtu aliyekuwa kipofu, “Wewe ndiwe uliyefumbuliwa macho, wasemaje kuhusu mtu huyo?” Maana macho yako ndiyo yaliyofumbuliwa.
Yeye akawajibu, “Yeye ni nabii.”
189:18 Yn 1:19Wale Wayahudi hawakuamini ya kuwa mtu huyo alikuwa kipofu, akapata kuona, mpaka walipowaita wazazi wake. 19Wakawauliza, “Je, huyu ni mtoto wenu, ambaye mnasema alizaliwa kipofu? Imekuwaje basi sasa anaona?”
20Wazazi wake wakajibu, “Tunajua ya kuwa huyu ni mtoto wetu na ya kuwa alizaliwa kipofu. 21Lakini sisi hatujui ni kwa jinsi gani kwamba sasa anaona, wala hatujui ni nani aliyemfungua macho yake. Muulizeni, yeye ni mtu mzima na anaweza kujieleza mwenyewe.” 229:22 Yn 7:13; Lk 6:22; Yn 16:2; 12:42Wazazi wake walisema hivi kwa sababu waliwaogopa Wayahudi kwani walikuwa wamekubaliana kuwa mtu yeyote atakayemkiri Yesu kuwa ndiye Kristo9:22 Kristo maana yake ni Masiya, yaani Aliyetiwa mafuta. atafukuzwa kutoka sinagogi. 239:23 Yn 9:21Kwa hiyo wazazi wake wakasema, “Yeye ni mtu mzima. Muulizeni.”
249:24 Yos 7:19Hivyo kwa mara ya pili wakamwita yule aliyekuwa kipofu, nao wakamwambia, “Mpe Mungu utukufu! Sisi tunafahamu kuwa mtu huyu aliyekuponya ni mwenye dhambi.”
25Akawajibu, “Mimi sijui kama yeye ni mwenye dhambi. Lakini jambo moja ninalojua, nilikuwa kipofu na sasa ninaona.”
26Wakamuuliza, “Alikufanyia nini? Aliyafumbuaje macho yako?”
279:27 Yn 9:15Akawajibu, “Tayari nimekwisha kuwaambia, nanyi hamtaki kunisikiliza. Mbona mnataka kusikia tena? Je, ninyi nanyi mnataka kuwa wanafunzi wake?”
289:28 Yn 5:45Ndipo wakamtukana na kusema, “Wewe ndiwe mwanafunzi wake, Sisi ni wanafunzi wa Mose. 299:29 Yn 8:14Tunajua kwamba Mungu alisema na Mose, lakini kwa habari ya mtu huyu hatujui atokako.”
309:30 Yn 3:10Yule mtu akawajibu, “Hili ni jambo la ajabu! Hamjui anakotoka, naye amenifungua macho yangu! 319:31 Za 66:18; Yak 5:16-18Tunajua ya kuwa Mungu hawasikilizi wenye dhambi, lakini huwasikiliza wote wanaomcha na kumtii. 32Tangu zamani hatujasikia kwamba mtu amemponya yeyote aliyezaliwa kipofu. 339:33 Yn 3:2Kama huyu mtu hakutoka kwa Mungu, asingeweza kufanya lolote.”
349:34 Isa 66:5Wao wakamjibu, “Wewe ulizaliwa katika dhambi kabisa, nawe unajaribu kutufundisha?” Wakamfukuza atoke nje.
Upofu Wa Kiroho
359:35 Mt 14:33; 16:16; Mk 1:1; 1Yn 5:13Yesu aliposikia kuwa wamemfukuzia nje yule mtu aliyemfumbua macho, alimkuta akamuuliza, “Je, unamwamini Mwana wa Adamu?”
369:36 Rum 10:14Yule mtu akamjibu, “Yeye ni nani, Bwana? Niambie ili nipate kumwamini.”
379:37 Yn 4:26Yesu akamjibu, “Umekwisha kumwona, naye anayezungumza nawe, ndiye.”
389:38 Mt 28:9Yule mtu akasema, “Bwana, naamini.” Naye akamwabudu.
399:39 Yn 5:22; 3:19; 12:47; Lk 4:18; Mt 13:13Yesu akasema, “Nimekuja ulimwenguni humu kwa ajili ya kuhukumu, ili wale walio vipofu wapate kuona, nao wale wanaoona, wawe vipofu.”
409:40 Rum 2:19Baadhi ya Mafarisayo waliokuwa karibu naye wakamsikia na kumwambia, “Je, kweli sisi ni vipofu?”
419:41 Yn 15:22-24Yesu akawajibu, “Kama mngekuwa vipofu kweli, msingekuwa na hatia ya dhambi, lakini kwa kuwa mnasema, ‘Tunaona,’ basi mna hatia.