“The Jews answered Jesus.
‘Are we not right
That you are a Samaritan?
You have a demon.’”
Ἀπεκρίθησαν οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ Οὐ καλῶς λέγομεν ἡμεῖς ὅτι Σαμαρείτης εἶ σὺ καὶ δαιμόνιον ἔχεις;
John uniquely indicated that these Jewish leaders (οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι) had a response (Ἀπεκρίθησαν). They asked Jesus (καὶ εἶπαν αὐτῷ) whether they were right to say (Οὐ καλῶς λέγομεν ἡμεῖς) that Jesus was a Samaritan (ὅτι Σαμαρείτης εἶ σὺ)? Then they added the zinger that it was Jesus who had a demon (καὶ δαιμόνιον ἔχεις), and not them. They tried to turn the tables on Jesus, just as he had called them sons of a devil, they now said that a devil had possessed Jesus. That’s what happens when you start throwing the name of the devil around. They called him a Samaritan to mean that he was not a true Jewish person like the Judean Jerusalem Jews. Samaritans were considered to be only half Jewish because of their heritage and different beliefs and practices. In both Luke and John, Jesus was kind to the Samaritans. Have you ever said that someone had a devil?