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John 9:19

ESV and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”
NIV Is this your son?' they asked. 'Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?'
NASB and they questioned them, saying, 'Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?'
CSB They asked them, "Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? How then does he now see? "
NLT They asked them, 'Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?'
KJV And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

What does John 9:19 mean?

The parents of the man born blind are being interrogated by local religious leaders—referred to in the gospel of John as "the Jews." When Jesus grants the man eyesight, the skeptical scribes and Pharisees want to be sure that the now-seeing man is, in fact, the same person who was known as a blind beggar.

Questioning a spiritual claim is not a problem. These men are charged with leadership over the people of Israel, and they are supposed to investigate these kinds of events. Where they go wrong is not in being thorough. Their error is being insincere; these men have no actual interest in the truth. They are looking for reasons to reject Jesus and His miracles.

The way these leaders phrase their question to the blind man's parents betrays that prejudice. Rather than simply asking, "is this really your son?" they suggest that the parents themselves might be lying. The healed man is referred to as the one "who you say was born blind." The hidden suggestion is that, perhaps, the man was not really blind, or not always blind, giving these men further opportunity to discredit Jesus.

This disrespect also includes a sense of intimidation. As further verses show, these same religious leaders had already declared that those who supported Jesus would be excommunicated (John 9:22). The formerly-blind man's parents answers will show they're fearful of the Jewish leaders and want no part of this controversy.
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