New International Version
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
King James Bible
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
Darby Bible Translation
But there was a certain man there who had been suffering under his infirmity thirty and eight years.
World English Bible
A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.
Young's Literal Translation
and there was a certain man there being in ailment thirty and eight years,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Had an infirmity thirty and eight years - St. Chrysostom conjectured that blindness was the infirmity of this person: what it was, the inspired writer does not say - probably it was a palsy: his case was deplorable - he was not able to go into the pool himself, and he had no one to help him; so that poverty and disease were here connected. The length of the time he had been afflicted makes the miracle of his cure the greater. There could have been no collusion in this case: as his affliction had lasted thirty-eight years, it must have been known to multitudes; therefore he could not be a person prepared for the occasion. All Christ's miracles have been wrought in such a way, and on such persons and occasions, as absolutely to preclude all possibility of the suspicion of imposture.
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TEXT: "And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven."--Matt. 18:3. Jesus Christ was the world's greatest teacher and preacher. Multitudes followed him because he taught them, not as the scribes, but as one having authority. He came to them with the deepest truth of God, but couched in such familiar expressions, and told in such a fascinating way, that all men heard him and went their way rejoicing that so …
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When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
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