John 9:16 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "Therefore said some of the Pharisees,'' (elegon ek ton Pharisaion tines) "Then some (certain ones) of the Pharisees said," asserted with judgmental condemnation and scorn, though all did not agree on the issue, as in Joh 7:43.
2) "This man is not of God." (ouk estin houtos para theou ho anthropos) "This one (Jesus) does not exist from God;"- Their self-righteous, ceremonialism, bigotry, and malice prevented them from recognizing that the miraculous cure rather proved that He was from God, Joh 2:10-11; Joh 3:1; Joh 20:30-31.
3) "Because he keepeth not the sabbath day." (hoti to sabbaton ou terei) "Because he does not keep or guard the sabbath," a thing they had formerly accused Him of, when He had healed the long (38 years) crippled man at the pool of Bethesda, Joh 5:9-18.
4) ''Others said," (alloi de elegon) "Yet others questioned them," the Pharisees, a thing that incited them even more, because they did not have a plausible answer. These had more honesty, Joh 9:31.
5) "How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?" (pos dunatai anthropos hamartolos toiauta semeia poiein) "How is such a lawless man (as you say he is) able to work such miracles repeatedly," or to do such miracles, again and again, Joh 9:33; Joh 3:2; Joh 10:33.
6) "And there was a division among them." (kai schisma hen en autois) "And there was a faction, schism, or breach among them.'' They themselves just could not agree who and what kind of person Jesus was. And the world is still divided over who Jesus is, not through lack of testamentary evidence, but by reason of evil, covert, devious motives of evil men, Joh 3:19-21.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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