After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.…
A superfluous question, it might seem, for who would not be made whole if he might? But the question has its purpose. This poor man had been so often defeated of a cure, that hope was dead, or well-nigh dead, within him, and the question is asked to awaken in him anew a yearning after the benefit, which the Saviour, pitying his hopeless case, was about to impart.
Parallel VersesKJV: After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.