John 7:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 7:25, NIV: "At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, 'Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?"

John 7:25, ESV: "Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill?"

John 7:25, KJV: "Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill?"

John 7:25, NASB: "So some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Is this man not the one whom they are seeking to kill?"

John 7:25, NLT: "Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem started to ask each other, 'Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?"

John 7:25, CSB: "Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, "Isn't this the man they are trying to kill?"

What does John 7:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 20 referred to the reaction of "the crowd" when Jesus noted that the Pharisees and other religious leaders were seeking to have Him killed (John 7:1). Here, we see that not everyone in Jerusalem was unaware of this plot (John 5:18; 7:12). This passage describes events which occur during the Feast of Booths, also known as the Festival of Tabernacles. As one of the most important dates in the Jewish calendar, it would attract a large number of pilgrims and visitors to Jerusalem. Those who seem most aware of the religious leaders' attitude towards Jesus are those who are "people of Jerusalem."

The question asked here comes from Jesus' ongoing conflict with these religious leaders. In particular, the crowd sees Jesus' ability to speak so publicly as a problem. As later verses will show, this makes them wonder if the authorities are too weak to stop Jesus, or if they actually believe what He is saying! This erosion of authority is a large part of the motivation to have Jesus killed.