“The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.”
King James Version (KJV)
Joh 5:10 The Jews. This phrase does not refer to the people, but to the authorities. John always uses it to signify, not the multitude, but the rulers. Therefore points to the fact that he was carrying his bed on the Sabbath day. Said unto him. The man was officially stopped and questioned. The bearing of burdens on the Sabbath was forbidden, not only by Jewish tradition, but by the law. See Ex 31:13 Jer 17:21 Ne 13:15-19.