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John 10:21

ESV Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
NIV But others said, 'These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?'
NASB Others were saying, 'These are not the words of one who is demon-possessed. A demon cannot open the eyes of those who are blind, can it?'
CSB Others were saying, "These aren't the words of someone who is demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind? "
NLT Others said, 'This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?'
KJV Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

What does John 10:21 mean?

In Jesus' era, insanity was assumed to be caused by demonic possession. Whether or not it "always" was, that was the perception of His culture. When Jesus' critics accuse Him of "having a demon" (John 8:48–52), they're saying He's crazy. Jesus' public actions have led to occasional claims that He's mentally ill, including from His own family (Mark 3:21). In this particular case, Jesus recently claimed He will voluntarily die, and just as voluntarily rise from the dead, thanks to special authority granted Him by God (John 10:17–18). That, as expected, has caused a sharp controversy among those listening in (John 10:19).

Some, like prior critics, hear those extravagant claims and write Jesus off as unstable. To some extent, that response is rooted in spiritual stubbornness—such people are not willing to consider God under any circumstances (John 10:1–6; 7:17; 5:39–40). They aren't open to seeing Jesus' miracles as proof that He is everything He claims to be (Matthew 12:31; Luke 11:15).

In contrast, those miracles are the main point referenced by the other major faction in the crowd. They, like others before, rightly recognize that these are "signs" meant to give divine approval to Jesus' message (John 3:1–2).

After this, John's gospel skips forward several months to the Feast of Dedication (John 10:22). We don't learn, at least, here, how exactly the different factions in the crowd continue their debate over Jesus and His healing of the formerly-blind man.
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