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John 9:23

ESV Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
NIV That was why his parents said, 'He is of age; ask him.'
NASB It was for this reason that his parents said, 'He is of age; ask him.'
CSB This is why his parents said, "He's of age; ask him."
NLT That’s why they said, 'He is old enough. Ask him.'
KJV Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

What does John 9:23 mean?

This verse repeats the statement given in verse 21. The parents of a man Jesus healed of lifelong blindness (John 9:1–7) have testified before the local religious leaders (John 9:18). They clearly want no part of the controversy, which verse 22 helps to explain. These local leaders have promised to excommunicate those who accept Jesus' claim to be the Messiah. The healed man's parents respond with "no comment" as much as possible. Instead of speculating, they point out that their son is old enough to give his own legal testimony.

Of course, the formerly-blind man has already been interrogated. During that first examination (John 9:13–17), the scribes and Pharisees rejected the man's claim that he'd been cured by Jesus. They had already made up their minds not to accept Jesus' message (John 5:39–40; 7:17), so the meaning of the miracle was lost on them. From their perspective, there had to be some other way to explain what had happened.
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