John 9:6
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English Standard Version
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud

King James Bible
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

American Standard Version
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed his eyes with the clay,

Douay-Rheims Bible
When he had said these things, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay on his eyes,

English Revised Version
When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and anointed his eyes with the clay,

Webster's Bible Translation
When he had thus spoken, he spit on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

Weymouth New Testament
After thus speaking, He spat on the ground, and then, kneading the dust and spittle into clay, He smeared the clay over the man's eyes and said to him,

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Vincent's Word Studies

On the ground (χαμαὶ)

Only here and John 18:6.

Anointed (ἐπέχρισε)

Only here and John 9:11. The spittle was regarded as having a peculiar virtue, not only as a remedy for diseases of the eye, but generally as a charm, so that it was employed in incantations. Persius, describing an old crone handling an infant, says: "She takes the babe from the cradle, and with her middle finger moistens its forehead and lips with spittle to keep away the evil eye" ("Sat.," ii., 32, 33). Tacitus relates how one of the common people of Alexandria importuned Vespasian for a remedy for his blindness, and prayed him to sprinkle his cheeks and the balls of his eyes with the secretion of his mouth ("History," iv., 81). Pliny says: "We are to believe that by continually anointing each morning with fasting saliva (i.e., before eating), inflammations of the eyes are prevented" ("Natural History," xxviii., 7). Some editors read here ἐπέθηκεν, put upon, for ἐπέχρισεν, anointed.

Of the blind man

Omit, and read as Rev., his eyes.

John 9:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he spat.

Mark 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

Mark 8:23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands on him...

Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed...

anointed the eyes of the blind with the clay. or, spread the clay upon the eyes of the blind man.

Cross References
Isaiah 35:5
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

Mark 7:33
And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.

Mark 8:23
And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, "Do you see anything?"

John 9:11
He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed and received my sight."

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