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cause he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that1 he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age, ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age, ask him.
Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise :* we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore
* Confess it a trick, and you will give glory to God.
would ye hear it again ? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.*
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, "Thou hast both seen him, and it is he "that talketh with thee." And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. And Jesus said, "For judgment I am come into this "world, that they which see not might see; u and that they which see might be made u blind."
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Ar$ we blind also? Jesus said unto them, "If ye "were blind, ye should have no sin: but now
• Expelled him from the synagogue.
"ye say, We see; therefore your sin remain* eth.1
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that *' entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, .** but climbeth up some other way, the same '•"is a thief and a robber. But he that enter"eth in by the door is the shepherd of the r* sheep. To him the porter openeth ;b and the "sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own ff sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And "when he putteth forth his own sheep, he "gocth before them, and the sheep follow "him :c for they know his voice. And a stranger *f will they not follow, 'but will flee from him: "for they know not the voice of strangers." This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. . .
Then said Jesus unto them again, "Verily, "verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the "sheep. AH that ever came before me are "thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not "hear them. I am the door; by me if any "man enter in, he shall be saved, and go in
and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh "not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to de"stroy: I am come that they might have life, "and that they might have it more aburidant"ly. I am the good shepherd: the good shep"herd giveth his life for the sheep. But he • . . i i - * * ..'.«.
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1 lie gh'eep were kept in covered buildings. which Ayere, bired by'Such, as brought sheep to sell for Orifice. Tb'the right owner only the porter opened the door.
c The sheep in the East are used to follow their 4hephercL
"that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, "whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf "coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: "and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth "the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he "is an hireling, and Careth not for the sheep. "1 am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, "and am known of mine. As the Father "knoweth me, even so know I the Father: "and I lay down my life for the sheep. And "other sheep1 I have, which are not of this "fold: them also I must bring, and they shall "hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, "and one shepherd.1" Therefore doth my Father "love me, because I lay down my life, that I *' might take it again. No man taketh it from "me, but I lay it down of myself. I have *' power to lay it down, and I have power to "take it again. This commandment have I "received of my Father."
There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings. find many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him? Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil: can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
a The Gentiles.
b Christ would admit the Gentiles to equal privileges of his covenant with the Jews.
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After* the again with joy saying. Lord, "gjjg
third even the devils are subject Passover, unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, "I beheld Satan as lightning *'* fall from heaven.' Behold, I give unto you "power to tread on serpents and scorpions, "and over all the power of £he enemy: and
nothing shall by any means hurt you. Not"withstanding in this rejoice not, that the spin ?* rits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, "because your names are written in heaven.b
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and "earth, that thou Jiast hid these things from M the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them "unto babes: even so. Father; for so it seem-. V ed good in thy sight. AH things are delivered ** to me of my Father: and no man knoweth "who the Son is, but the Father; and who the "Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the U Son will reveal him."
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see "the things that ye see: for I tell you, that *' many prophets and kings have desired to see "those things which ye see, and have not seen '* them; and to hear those things which ye ** hear, and have not heard them."
* The fall of Satan's kingdom by my gospel. b Rejoice not so much in the power of casting out devil?, ^as in your spiritual graces to fit you for heaven.