John 7:12
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New International Version
Among the crowds there was widespread whispering about him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others replied, "No, he deceives the people."

New Living Translation
There was a lot of grumbling about him among the crowds. Some argued, "He's a good man," but others said, "He's nothing but a fraud who deceives the people."

English Standard Version
And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.”

Berean Study Bible
Many in the crowds were whispering about Him. Some said, "He is a good man." But others replied, "No, He deceives the people."

Berean Literal Bible
And there was much murmuring about Him among the crowds. For some were saying, "He is good." But others were saying, "No, but He deceives the people."

New American Standard Bible
There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning Him; some were saying, "He is a good man"; others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray."

King James Bible
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And there was a lot of discussion about Him among the crowds. Some were saying, "He's a good man." Others were saying, "No, on the contrary, He's deceiving the people."

International Standard Version
And there was a great deal of discussion about him among the crowds. Some were saying, "He is a good man," while others were saying, "No, he is deceiving the crowds!"

NET Bible
There was a lot of grumbling about him among the crowds. Some were saying, "He is a good man," but others, "He deceives the common people."

New Heart English Bible
There was much murmuring among the crowds concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the crowd astray."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And there was much murmuring in the crowd because of him, for there were those who said, “He is good”, and others were saying, “No, but he deceives the people.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The crowds argued about Jesus. Some people said, "He's a good man," while others said, "No he isn't. He deceives the people."

New American Standard 1977
And there was much grumbling among the multitudes concerning Him; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the multitude astray.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him, for some said, He is a good man; others said, No, but he deceives the people.

King James 2000 Bible
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceives the people.

American King James Version
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, No; but he deceives the people.

American Standard Version
And there was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him: some said, He is a good man; others said, Not so, but he leadeth the multitude astray.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And there was much murmuring among the multitude concerning him. For some said: He is a good man. And others said: No, but he seduceth the people.

Darby Bible Translation
And there was much murmuring concerning him among the crowds. Some said, He is [a] good [man]; others said, No; but he deceives the crowd.

English Revised Version
And there was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him: some said, He is a good man; others said, Not so, but he leadeth the multitude astray.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, No; but he deceiveth the people.

Weymouth New Testament
Among the mass of the people there was much muttered debate about Him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so: he is imposing on the people."

World English Bible
There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."

Young's Literal Translation
and there was much murmuring about him among the multitudes, some indeed said -- 'He is good;' and others said, 'No, but he leadeth astray the multitude;'
Study Bible
Jesus Teaches at the Feast
11So the Jews were looking for Him at the feast and asking, “Where is He?” 12Many in the crowds were whispering about Him. Some said, “He is a good man.” But others replied, “No, He deceives the people.” 13Yet no one would speak about Him publicly for fear of the Jews.…
Cross References
John 7:32
When the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him.

John 7:40
On hearing these words, some of the people said, "This is truly the Prophet."

John 7:47
"Have you also been deceived?" replied the Pharisees.

John 9:16
Because of this, some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath." But others said, "How can a sinful man perform such signs?" And there was division among them.
Treasury of Scripture

And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, No; but he deceives the people.

murmuring.

John 7:32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him…

John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because …

Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

some.

John 7:25-27,40-43 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill…

John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, …

John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because …

John 10:19-21 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings…

Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant …

Matthew 16:13-16 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his …

Matthew 21:46 But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, …

Luke 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That …

is a.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that …

Luke 18:19 And Jesus said to him, Why call you me good? none is good, save one, …

Luke 23:47,50 Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, …

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and …

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for …

deceiveth.

John 7:47,52 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are you also deceived…

Matthew 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet …

(12) And there was much murmuring among the people.--The original word for "people" is here, and here only in St. John, in the plural, and is best rendered by multitudes. It refers to the throngs of people assembled during the various parts of the ritual of the feast, and, perhaps, specially on the one hand to the Galilean multitude, some of whom had been present at the last great work recorded in this Gospel, and some of whom had been present at other works, and influenced by other teaching of Jesus and the Apostles; and on the other hand, to the Judan multitude, who had been prevented from accepting Him in the same degree by the stronger influence of the hierarchy. Among these multitudes there arose, as before among the Jews and among the disciples (John 6:41; John 6:61), a murmuring; but the subject of this discussion is not His teaching, but His character. Their practical test-question was, Is He a good man, or a deceiver? (Comp. Matthew 27:63.) Some would think of deeds and words which established His goodness beyond all doubt; but if He is a good man, then His claim cannot be false. Others would think of deceivers, who had led away the multitude before (comp. Notes on Acts 5:36-37), and that He was one of them.

Verse 12. - And there was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. This vivid dramatic touch lifts a veil, and we see the eager excitement of those who fancied themselves duped, or who were at least disappointed by his non-appearance. Some said one thing, and some another. One group was loud in his praises, and another suspicious either of his orthodoxy or his patriotism, or both. Some said, He is a good man; i.e. one who was unselfish, kind, true, beneficent, and honest in his intentions, and one personally trustworthy. But others said - or, were saying; i.e. the murmur, the head shaking, of others was a flat denial of his ἀγάθοτης - Nay; but (on the other hand) he leadeth the multitude astray. The "multitude" in this clause is probably the vulgar crowd, and the contemptuous reference to them may be the language of the Jerusalem populace rather than the provincial caravans. The multitude would escape from the Pharisaic leading strings, should they embrace his views either concerning the sabbath or the expected Messiah. And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him,.... There was a general whisper, and a private controversy and contention among the people about him, upon inquiry being made after him:

for some said he is a good man; a man of a good principle, of a good life and conversation; and who is good, kind, and beneficent, both to the bodies and souls of men; preaches good doctrine, and does many good things:

others said: nay, or denied him to be a good man:

but he deceiveth the people; drawing them off from the law of Moses, teaching them to break the sabbath, setting himself up for the Messiah, and asserting himself to be the son of God. 12. much murmuring—buzzing.

among the people—the multitudes; the natural expression of a Jewish writer, indicating without design the crowded state of Jerusalem at this festival [Webster and Wilkinson].

a good man … Nay … deceiveth the people—the two opposite views of His claims, that they were honest, and that they were an imposture.7:1-13 The brethren or kinsmen of Jesus were disgusted, when they found there was no prospect of worldly advantages from him. Ungodly men sometimes undertake to counsel those employed in the work of God; but they only advise what appears likely to promote present advantages. The people differed about his doctrine and miracles, while those who favoured him, dared not openly to avow their sentiments. Those who count the preachers of the gospel to be deceivers, speak out, while many who favour them, fear to get reproach by avowing regard for them.
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