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John 9:1-41

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.

Spiritual Blindness

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.

O Livro

João 9:1-41

Jesus cura um cego de nascença

1Enquanto Jesus caminhava, viu um homem que era cego de nascença. 2“Mestre”, perguntaram-lhe os discípulos, “porque foi que este homem nasceu cego? Por causa dos seus pecados ou por causa dos pecados de seus pais?”

3“Nem uma coisa nem outra”, disse Jesus, “mas para nele se mostrar o poder de Deus. 4Temos todos de fazer as obras daquele que me enviou, enquanto é dia. A noite desce e todo o trabalho cessa. 5Enquanto estiver aqui neste mundo, sou a luz do mundo!”

6Então, cuspiu no chão e, fazendo lama com saliva, espalhou-a sobre os olhos do cego. 7E disse-lhe: “Vai lavar-te ao tanque de Siloé!” (Siloé significa “enviado”.) O homem assim fez e depois de se lavar voltou, vendo.

8Os vizinhos e outros que o tinham conhecido ainda cego perguntavam: “Será o mesmo homem, o tal pedinte?” 9Uns diziam que sim e outros: “Não há dúvida de que se parece com ele!”

O cego dizia: “Sou eu mesmo!”

10Então perguntaram-lhe como fora possível ter sido curado da cegueira. Que acontecera? 11E ele contou: “Um homem, a quem chamam Jesus, fez lama e aplicou-a nos meus olhos. Depois disse-me que fosse ao tanque de Siloé para me lavar. Assim fiz, e fiquei a ver!”

12“Onde está ele agora?”, perguntaram.

“Não sei!”, foi a resposta.

Os fariseus investigam a cura

13Então levaram o homem aos fariseus. 14Ora, tudo isto se passou num dia de sábado. 15Os fariseus interrogaram-no e ele contou-lhes como Jesus lhe espalhara lama sobre os olhos e como, depois de os lavar, já via. 16Alguns dos fariseus disseram: “Esse tal Jesus não pode ser um homem de Deus, porque trabalha num sábado.” Outros diziam: “Mas como pode um pecador vulgar fazer sinais assim?” E havia grandes discussões entre eles por causa disto. 17Os fariseus voltaram-se para o antigo cego e perguntaram-lhe:

“Esse homem que te abriu os olhos, quem achas tu que é?”

O homem respondeu: “É um profeta.”

18Os judeus não queriam crer que tivesse sido cego. Por fim, chamaram os pais: 19“Esse homem é o vosso filho? Nasceu cego? Se nasceu, como é que agora vê?”

20E os pais responderam: “Sabemos que este é o nosso filho, cego de nascença. 21No entanto, ignoramos o que aconteceu para que agora veja, ou quem o teria feito. Já tem idade, perguntem-lhe. Ele que vos explique!” 22Diziam isto com medo dos judeus, que tinham avisado que quem quer que afirmasse que Jesus era o Cristo seria expulso da sinagoga9.22 Esta expulsão não se restringia ao impedimento de frequentar o culto, mas da privação de todos os direitos de vida comunitária que tinha na sinagoga o seu centro.. 23Por isso, os pais disseram: “Ele tem idade suficiente para falar por si. Perguntem-lhe.”

24Pela segunda vez, os fariseus mandaram vir o que tinha sido cego e disseram-lhe: “Dá glória a Deus, porque sabemos que esse homem é um pecador!”

25Ele respondeu: “Se é pecador, não sei; o que sei é que era cego e agora vejo!”

26“Mas que te fez ele? Como é que te curou?”, perguntaram-lhe.

27O homem exclamou: “Já vos expliquei uma vez e não me ouviram! Porque é que querem ouvir outra vez a mesma coisa? Também querem ser seus discípulos?”

28Eles injuriaram-no: “Discípulo dele sejas tu! Nós somos discípulos de Moisés! 29Sabemos que Deus falou a Moisés, mas quanto a este nada sabemos.”

30Tornou o homem: “Que estranho! Ele curou-me e vocês nada sabem acerca dele. 31Deus não escuta os pecadores, mas sim os que o honram e fazem a sua vontade. 32Desde que o mundo é mundo, ninguém conseguiu abrir os olhos a um cego de nascença. 33Se este homem não viesse de Deus não conseguiria fazê-lo!”

34“Tu nasceste em pecado”, responderam, “e queres ensinar-nos?” E expulsaram-no da sinagoga.

A cegueira espiritual

35Quando Jesus soube do sucedido, e tendo encontrado o homem, perguntou-lhe: “Crês no Filho do Homem?”

36“Quem é ele, Senhor, para que creia nele?”

37“Já o viste”, disse Jesus. “É aquele que fala contigo!”

38O homem disse: “Sim, Senhor, creio!” E adorou-o.

39Jesus explicou: “Vim para julgar o mundo. Vim para dar vista aos cegos e para mostrar àqueles que julgam ver que, afinal, são eles os cegos.”

40Os fariseus que ali estavam perguntaram: “Queres dizer com isso que somos cegos?”

41“Se fossem realmente cegos, não teriam culpa”, respondeu Jesus. “Mas a vossa culpa mantém-se, pois afirmam que podem ver.”