John 10:21
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New International Version
But others said, "These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

New Living Translation
Others said, "This doesn't sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

English Standard Version
Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

Berean Study Bible
But others replied, "These are not the words of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

Berean Literal Bible
Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. Is a demon able to open the eyes of the blind?"

New American Standard Bible
Others were saying, "These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?"

King James Bible
Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Others were saying, "These aren't the words of someone demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?"

International Standard Version
Others were saying, "These are not the words of a man who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can it?"

NET Bible
Others said, "These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?"

New Heart English Bible
Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It is not possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the others were saying, “These are not the words of one who is possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Others said, "No one talks like this if he's possessed by a demon. Can a demon give sight to the blind?"

New American Standard 1977
Others were saying, “These are not the sayings of one demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can he?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Others said, These are not the words of him that has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

King James 2000 Bible
Others said, These are not the words of him that has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

American King James Version
Others said, These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

American Standard Version
Others said, These are not the sayings of one possessed with a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Others said: These are not the words of one that hath a devil: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Darby Bible Translation
Others said, These sayings are not [those] of one that is possessed by a demon. Can a demon open blind people's eyes?

English Revised Version
Others said, These are not the sayings of one possessed with a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

Webster's Bible Translation
Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?

Weymouth New Testament
Others argued, "That is not the language of a demoniac: and can a demon open blind men's eyes?"

World English Bible
Others said, "These are not the sayings of one possessed by a demon. It isn't possible for a demon to open the eyes of the blind, is it?"

Young's Literal Translation
others said, 'These sayings are not those of a demoniac; is a demon able blind men's eyes to open?'
Study Bible
Jesus the Good Shepherd
20Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and insane. Why would you listen to Him?” 21But others replied, “These are not the words of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” 22At that time the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter,…
Cross References
Exodus 4:11
The LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Matthew 4:24
News about Him spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering acute pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed--and He healed them.

John 9:32
Never before has anyone heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.

John 10:22
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter,
Treasury of Scripture

Others said, These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

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(21) Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil.--We trace here again the presence of the better party among the Sanhedrin, which we found before (John 9:16). "His words," they would say, "are words of calm teaching. The possession by a demon disorders, frenzies, makes the slave of madness. It is inconsistent with words like these."

Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?--"Surely a devil cannot open the eyes of the blind? "is the form their question took. They go back from the teaching to the great sign which gave rise to it, and they find that work and word are alike opposed to the thought of being the result of a demon's presence. Such a miracle had never before been known. A demon does not give the power to do a prophet's work. (Comp. Notes on John 9:16 and Matthew 12:24.)

Verse 21. - There was a twofold reply: one drawn from their own experience. Others said, These (ῤήματα; verba, Vulgate) sayings - "things said" - are not those of one who is possessed by a daemon. Their majestic calm, their conscious strength, the strange thrill they sent through human hearts, and which we feel to this hour, discriminate them from the scream of the maniac, with which some of the more astounding statements taken by themselves might have suggested comparison. They give another argument drawn from the miracle which had just taken place, which proves that his friends on this occasion were very far from the mad wickedness of those whose moral sense had been so perverted as to say that "he casts out daemons by the prince of daemons" (see Matthew 12:24, etc., and parallel passages). Can a daemon open the eyes of the blind? It is not in the nature of a damon to heal disease, and pour light on sightless eyes. The goodness of the Lord triumphs over the vile insinuation. We must have better explanation than this of his mysterious claims. The contest was sharp. The conflict for a while silenced opposition, only to break out again with greater malice and fury. Others said, these are not the words of him that hath a devil,.... No madman or demoniac, one possessed of a devil, and under the influence of Satan, would ever talk in so divine a manner, and speak such words of truth and soberness: these were, some of the wiser sort, and were well disposed to Christ, who reasoned thus, and they were but few: whereas those that charged him with madness and distraction were many, as in the preceding verse;

can a devil open the eyes of the blind? referring to the late instance, of Christ's curing a man that was blind from his birth; if it was in the power of a devil to do such an action, which it is not, yet it is not in his nature, it is not usual with him to do any good; but to do all the hurt he can, both to the bodies and souls of men: in one of Beza's copies it is read, "can one that has a devil open the eyes of the blind?" so the Persic version, can a "demoniac", &c.? which reading suits best with what is before said; and then the sense is, can a madman, one that is a lunatic, one possessed with the devil, either talk in the manner this man does, or do such wonderful actions as he has done, particularly cure a man that was born blind? 10:19-21 Satan ruins many, by putting them out of conceit with the word and ordinances. Men would not be laughed out of their necessary food, yet suffer themselves thus to be laughed out of what is far more necessary. If our zeal and earnestness in the cause of Christ, especially in the blessed work of bringing his sheep into his fold, bring upon us evil names, let us not heed it, but remember our Master was thus reproached before us.
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