Enough γογγυσμόςing!

“And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.”” (John 7:12, ESV)

John uses an interesting word to describe what the crowd at the Feast of Tabernacles was saying about Jesus.  The Greek word is γογγυσμός, which the ESV correctly translates as “muttering.”

It’s interesting to compare English translations here because the translators use a wide variety of words to capture what was happening among the throngs of people as they talked about Christ and what his goals were:

  •  There was a lot of grumbling about him – NLT
  • There was widespread whispering about him – NIV
  •  There was considerable complaining about him – NRSV
  • There was a lot of contentious talk about him – MESS

The word meaning—and no doubt the actual historical event—is probably captured in a combination of all of these translations.  Jesus caused a lot of muttering, grumbling, whispering, complaining, contentious talk due to his actions and his words.

The funny thing is, here we are 2000 years later and those who talk about Jesus are still doing this sometimes!

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2 Responses to Enough γογγυσμόςing!

  1. boscof16 says:

    Especially poignant when you consider how the international community continues to do this today in the form of social media, etc. Like the crowds of his day, the truth is there but many choose to ignore it in favor of the clamor.

  2. murfmonkey says:

    Thanks! So true. You wish they would just go to the Jesus revealed in the gospels, set aside what everyone is blabbing, and ask “who was this guy and what was he like?” But no. Arguing is so much more “productive.”

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