They seek to kill him (Jn 7:25-7:25)


Some of the people

Living in Jerusalem

Were saying.

‘Is not this the man

Whom they seek

To kill?’”

Ἔλεγον οὖν τινες ἐκ τῶν Ἱεροσολυμειτῶν Οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν ὃν ζητοῦσιν ἀποκτεῖναι;

John uniquely indicated that thus (οὖν) some (τινες) of the people living in Jerusalem (ἐκ τῶν Ἱεροσολυμειτῶν) were saying or questioning (Ἔλεγον) whether this was the man they were trying to kill (Οὐχ οὗτός ἐστιν ὃν ζητοῦσιν ἀποκτεῖναι).  Once again, there is a reference to some vague group of people in Jerusalem without any clear identification of who they were.  Certainly, the context seems to indicate that these were people living in Jerusalem (Ἱεροσολυμειτῶν), not just visiting.  They questioned whether Jesus was the man that the Jewish officials wanted to kill.  He did not seem all that bad.  They knew that there was an anti-Jesus movement among the Jerusalem Jewish officials.  Do you know anyone who is anti-Jesus?

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