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John 9:28

ESV And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
NIV Then they hurled insults at him and said, 'You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses!
NASB They spoke abusively to him and said, 'You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
CSB They ridiculed him: "You're that man's disciple, but we're Moses's disciples.
NLT Then they cursed him and said, 'You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses!
KJV Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

What does John 9:28 mean?

In an earlier argument, Jesus pointed out that His religious critics claimed to be followers of Moses, yet failed to act accordingly (John 5:39–47). When Jesus healed a man who had been born blind (John 9:1–7), these same scribes and Pharisees insisted that the miracle was a fraud. They rejected Jesus as a sinner (John 9:24), questioned the healed man (John 9:13), and his parents (John 9:18), before bringing the beggar back for a second round of interrogation. There, the man pointed out that he'd already answered their questions, and sarcastically asked if they'd changed their minds and decided to follow Jesus (John 9:27).

As they did in conversations with Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees respond to challenges with anger and insults (John 8:41, 48). This verse uses the Greek term loidorēo, which means to "rail at or heap abuses on." In this context, it's an act of verbal abuse. For pointing out their prejudice, the once-blind beggar has earned hatred and anger from these educated men.

Once again, the religious leaders stake their claim to religious knowledge. This is the same issue about which they debated Jesus after He healed a crippled man near the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–8; 5:37–38). They refuse to accept any claim contradicting their own traditions and knowledge. In their own minds, there is no possible way in which they could be wrong. Their arrogance will continue in the next verse.
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