“And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people.”
King James Version (KJV)
7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitude - Much whispering; many private debates with each other, among those who were come from distant parts.
Joh 7:12,13 The people means the masses of the Jewish nation. The people were divided in opinion, but dared not express themselves openly until they saw what course "the Jews" would take.