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John 10:19 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— There arose a division again among the Jews because of these words.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A division occurred again among the Jews because of these words.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— There was a division again among the Jews on account of these words;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— A division, again, took place among the Jews, because of these words.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Therefore, again, there came a division among the Jews, because of these words,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A dissension rose again among the Jews for these words.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— There was a diuision therefore againe among the Iewes for these sayings.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And there was again a division among the Jihudoyee because of his words:
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And again there was a division among the Jews, on account of these sayings.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
There was 1096
{1096} Prime
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
<5633> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 260
a division 4978
{4978} Prime
From G4977; a split or gap ('schism'), literally or figuratively.
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
again 3825
{3825} Prime
Probably from the same as G3823 (through the idea of oscillatory repetition); (adverbially) anew, that is, (of place) back, (of time) once more, or (conjugationally) furthermore or on the other hand.
among 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
Jews 2453
{2453} Prime
From G2448 (in the sense of G2455 as a country); Judaean, that is, belonging to Jehudah.
for 1223
{1223} Prime
A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through (in very wide applications, local, causal or occasional). In composition it retains the same general import.
these 5128
{5128} Prime
Accusative plural masculine of G3778; these (persons, as object of verb or preposition).
sayings. 3056
{3056} Prime
From G3004; something said (including the thought); by implication a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension a computation; specifically (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (that is, Christ).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

John 10:19-21

_ _ There was a division ... again among the Jews for these sayings — the light and the darkness revealing themselves with increasing clearness in the separation of the teachable from the obstinately prejudiced. The one saw in Him only “a devil and a madman”; the other revolted at the thought that such words could come from one possessed, and sight be given to the blind by a demoniac; showing clearly that a deeper impression had been made upon them than their words expressed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

John 10:19-21

_ _ We have here an account of the people's different sentiments concerning Christ, on occasion of the foregoing discourse; there was a division, a schism, among them; they differed in their opinions, which threw them into heats and parties. Such a ferment as this they had been in before (John 7:43; John 9:16); and where there has once been a division again. Rents are sooner made than made up or mended. This division was occasioned by the sayings of Christ, which, one would think, should rather have united them all in him as their centre; but they set them at variance, as Christ foresaw, Luke 12:51. But it is better that men should be divided about the doctrine of Christ than united in the service of sin, Luke 11:21. See what the debate was in particular.

_ _ I. Some upon this occasion spoke ill of Christ and of his sayings, either openly in the face of the assembly, for his enemies were very impudent, or privately among themselves. They said, He has a devil, and is mad, why do you hear him? 1. They reproach him as a demoniac. The worst of characters is put upon the best of men. He is a distracted man, he raves and is delirious, and no more to be heard than the rambles of a man in bedlam. Thus still, if a man preaches seriously and pressingly of another world, he shall be said to talk like an enthusiast; and his conduct shall be imputed to fancy, a heated brain, and a crazed imagination. 2. They ridicule his hearers: “Why hear you him? Why do you so far encourage him as to take notice of what he says?” Note, Satan ruins many by putting them out of conceit with the word and ordinances, and representing it as a weak and silly thing to attend upon them. Men would not thus be laughed out of their necessary food, and yet suffer themselves to be laughed out of what is more necessary. Those that hear Christ, and mix faith with what they hear, will soon be able to give a good account why they hear him.

_ _ II. Others stood up in defence of him and his discourse, and, though the stream ran strong, dared to swim against it; and, though perhaps they did not believe on him as the Messiah, they could not bear to hear him thus abused. If they could say no more of him, this they would maintain, that he was a man in his wits, that he had not a devil, that he was neither senseless nor graceless. The absurd and most unreasonable reproaches, that have sometimes been cast upon Christ and his gospel, have excited those to appear for him and it who otherwise had no great affection to either. Two things they plead: — 1. The excellency of his doctrine: “These are not the words of him that hath a devil; they are not idle words; distracted men are not used to talk at this rate. These are not the words of one that is either violently possessed with a devil or voluntarily in league with the devil.” Christianity, if it be not the true religion, is certainly the greatest cheat that ever was put upon the world; and, if so, it must be of the devil, who is the father of all lies: but it is certain that the doctrine of Christ is no doctrine of devils, for it is levelled directly against the devil's kingdom, and Satan is too subtle to be divided against himself. So much of holiness there is in the words of Christ that we may conclude they are not the words of one that has a devil, and therefore are the words of one that was sent of God; are not from hell, and therefore must be from heaven. 2. The power of his miracles: Can a devil, that is, a man that has a devil, open the eyes of the blind? Neither mad men nor bad men can work miracles. Devils are not such lords of the power of nature as to be able to work such miracles; nor are they such friends to mankind as to be willing to work them if they were able. The devil will sooner put out men's eyes than open them. Therefore Jesus had not a devil.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

John 10:19

(6) There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

(6) The gospel uncovers hypocrisy, and therefore the world must necessarily rage when the gospel comes forth.

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John 7:40-43 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet. ... So there was a division among the people because of him.
John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
Matthew 10:34-35 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. ... For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Luke 12:51-53 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: ... The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.
Acts 23:7-10 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided. ... And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring [him] into the castle.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas [there is] among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1 Corinthians 11:18 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
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