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CHA P. IX. 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 chou of hin, 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 fight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, Is chis your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doch he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind :
21 But by what means he now feeth, we know not ; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age, ask him, he Thall speak for himself.
22 These words spake his parents, because chey feared the
Jews: for the Jews had agreed while others contended that they could not conceive how a bad man, and a Violator of the Laws of God could perform so many and so great Miracles, as it was constantly reported had bin done by Jesus. Thus the Members of that Affembly were divided in their Opinions concerning him. Some of them then ask'd him that had bin born blind, what his opinion was of him, who replied, he took him for a Prophet.
The man having made this profession in the Sanhedrim, there were fome who would not believe he was born blind, unless his parents would vouch the fame ; who therefore were sent for, and being ask'd whether this were their son that was born blind, and by what means he acquir'd his Eye-light, replied ; that they knew very well this was their Son, and that he had bin blind from his birth, but that they were ignorant by whom and how he had bin cur'd, being not present when the Cure was wrought ; that they might examin their Son, who was of age to answer for himself. Now the Parents of the blind man spake thus, because they were afraid of the Sanhedrim, who, as they knew very well, had come to this Resolu
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was sent by God, but as for this Fefus they knew not whence he came, nor with what authority he acted. The man then told them, that it was strange they should not know from whence Fefers was, who had perform'd such a Miracle as the curing one that was born blind ; for, said he, it is a thing agreed on, that God never grants the requests of the Wicked, and that he performs his Miracles in behalf of them only that revere him, and obey his Laws. 'Twas never vet heard of, that the Eyes of one born blind had bin open'd, nor did he conceive how Jesus could do any thing like it, unless by the divine Allistance. The Members of the Assembly were vehemently offended at the man's Speech, and laid with indignation ; Dost thou attempt to instruct us in matters relating to the Law, thou who, as it appears from thy having bin born blind, wert punilh'd in this Life for Some heinous Offences committed in a precedent state ? Upon this they commanded him to be turn'd out of the Room with ignominy.
Felus having heard of this Accident, and the Punishment inflicted on him, for having publicly own'd before the Sanhedrim that he took Fofus for a Prophet, and meeting with him not long after, ask'd him whether he belieyd on the Son of