JOHN 9:16

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because 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.”

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John 9:16 Translation & Meaning

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Therefore οὖν (adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly Therefore
said ἔλεγον Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean said
some τινές Some or any person or object some
of ἐκ A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause literal or figurative; direct or remote) of
the τῶν The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Pharisees, Φαρισαίων A separatist, i.e., exclusively religious; a Pharisean, i.e., Jewish sectary Pharisees
This οὗτος The he (she or it), i.e., this or that (often with article repeated) This
man ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
is ἔστιν He (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are is
not Οὐκ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
of παρὰ Properly, near; i.e., (with genitive case) from beside (literally or figuratively), (with dative case) at (or in) the vicinity of (objectively or subjectively), (with accusative case) to the proximity with (local (especially beyond or opposed to) or causal (on account of) of
God, θεοῦ A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
because ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because because
he keepeth τηρεῖ To guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e., to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried) keepeth
not οὐ The absolute negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not not
the sabbath day. τὸ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) sabbath day
Others ἄλλοι "else," i.e., different (in many applications) Others
said, ἔλεγον Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean said
How Πῶς An interrogative particle of manner; in what way? (sometimes the question is indirect, how?); also as exclamation, how much! How
can δύναται To be able or possible can
a man ἄνθρωπος Man-faced, i.e., a human being man
that is a sinner ἁμαρτωλὸς Sinful, i.e., a sinner sinner
do ποιεῖν To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
such τοιαῦτα Truly this, i.e., of this sort (to denote character or individuality) such
miracles? σημεῖα An indication, especially ceremonially or supernaturally miracles
And καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words And
there was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) there was
a division σχίσμα A split or gap ("schism"), literally or figuratively division
among ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc among
them. αὐτοῖς The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons them

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  • 14  And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

  • 15  Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

  • 16  Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because 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.

  • 17  They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

  • 18  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.




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