John 8:48

Thou art a Samaritan and hast a demon (Samareith ei su kai daimonion ecei). On the spur of the moment in their rage and fury they can think of no meaner things to say. They know, of course, that Jesus was not a Samaritan, but he had acted like a Samaritan in challenging their peculiar spiritual privileges ( Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:39 ). The charge of having a demon was an old one by the Pharisees ( Matthew 12:24 ) and it is repeated later ( John 10:20 ).

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