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34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.

34 They [the Pharisees] answered and said to him [man healed of blindness],

Having been bested in debate by a beggar, the Pharisees became so outraged at the man’s insolence that they utterly rejected what he had to say about his healing. Unable to argue against the formerly blind man’s facts, the Pharisees resorted to personal attack on him.

You were completely born in sins,

The Pharisees’ rational for the man being born blind was that it was due to some sin. This is an ad hominem and illogical argument.

and are you teaching us?”

The Pharisees were incensed at this poor beggar lecturing them.

And they cast him out.

The Pharisees put him out of the synagogue.


Unique healing ministry can come only from God.


The testimony of this passage is about what the Father did through Jesus. His unique healing of a congenitally blind man could come only from God. Those who do not believe in Christ will attempt to rationalize this away.