And there was much murmuring among the people
There was a general whisper, and a private controversy and contention among the people about him, upon inquiry being made after him:
for some said he is a good man;
a man of a good principle, of a good life and conversation; and who is good, kind, and beneficent, both to the bodies and souls of men; preaches good doctrine, and does many good things:
others said: nay,
or denied him to be a good man:
but he deceiveth the people;
drawing them off from the law of Moses, teaching them to break the sabbath, setting himself up for the Messiah, and asserting himself to be the son of God.