(3) Persecuted by Religion
14 Now it was the 1aSabbath, on which day Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
15 aAgain therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight. And he said to them, He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.
16 Then some of the Pharisees said, This man is not from God, because He does anot keep the Sabbath. But others said, How can a man who is a sinner do such bsigns? And there was ca division among them.
17 Then they said to the blind man again, What do you say about Him, in that He opened your eyes? And he said, He is a prophet.
18 The Jews then did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight
19 And asked them, saying, Is this your son, of whom you say that he was born blind? How then does he now see?
20 Then his parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son and that he was born blind.
21 But how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age; he will speak for himself.
22 His parents said these things because they afeared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed Him to be the Christ, he should be bput out of the synagogue.
23 Because of this his parents said, He is of age; question him.
24 Therefore a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, aGive glory to God; we know that this man is a sinner.
25 Then he answered, Whether or not He is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.
26 They said then to him, What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?
27 He answered them, aI told you already and you did not hear. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?
28 And they reviled him and said, You are His disciple; but awe are disciples of Moses.
29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, awe do not know where He is from.
30 The man answered and said to them, Why here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes!
31 aWe know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.
32 1Since time began it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of one born blind.
33 aIf this man were not 1from God, He could do nothing.
34 They answered and said to him, You were wholly born in asins, and you are teaching us? And they 1bcast him out.